Canadian Social Research Newsletter
May 4, 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 2,686 subscribers.

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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...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. Ontario Budget 2014 - May 1 + election triggered for June 12 - May 2
2. Media and Policy News for 01 May (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. [New Brunswick] Make Poverty an Election Issue -Provincial Election, September 22, 2014 (New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice)
4. The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada (By Kate McInturff, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 23
5. Summative Evaluation of the National Child Benefit (Employment and Social Development Canada) - October 2013
6. The National Child Benefit (NCB) Progress Report: 2008 (Govts. of Canada, provinces, territories and First Nations)
7. The Well-Being of Canada’s Young Children: Government of Canada Report 2011
8. How are Ontarians Really Doing? A Provincial Report on Ontario Wellbeing (Canadian Index of Wellbeing) - April 2014
9. Indicators of Well-being in Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada)
10. Media and Policy News for 28 April (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
11. The Creation of a Shared Prosperity in Canada : Unions, Corporations and Countervailing Power (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 17
12. Unions Matter (Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights) - April 17
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2014 - April 29
--- Study: Living arrangements of children in Canada, 1901 to 2011- April 29
--- Study: Wages and full-time employment rates of young high school graduates and bachelor's degree holders, 1997 to 2012 - April 28
14. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

15. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
16. [United States] Minimum wage: Congress stalls, states act (CNNMoney) - April 29
17. [United States] Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls (New York Times) - April 29
18. Canada's income gap among fastest growing in the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) - April 30
19. 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 Budget 2014 - May 1

May 2 update:

The election for Ontario's 41st Parliament will take place on Thursday, June 12.
[Source: Ont. govt. news release - http://goo.gl/8e5Y4j ]

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Ontario heads for June election after NDP rejects budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-heads-for-june-election-after-ndp-rejects-budget-1.2629401
May 2, 2014
NDP leader gives thumbs-down to support one day after budget's release by Kathleen Wynne's Liberals

(...)
Several large labour groups, including Unifor and the Ontario Federation of Labour, urged the NDP to pass the budget and avoid an election, but public-sector unions complained the fiscal plan puts jobs at risk.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/
[ By Gilles : I'm TOTALLY onside with Unifor and the OFL on this. WTF, Andrea?? ]

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath risks much by forcing Ontario election: Walkom
http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/05/02/ndp_leader_andrea_horwath_risks_much_by_forcing_ontario_election_walkom.html
If June 12 vote results in a Tim Hudak Tory sweep, left-liberal voters will be furious with the NDP.

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Ontario Election Seemingly On Way As NDP Won't Support Budget
http://goo.gl/cr26HB
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NOTE: In light of the above announcement, one might be tempted to skip past all of the Ontario Budget content below, given the sudden shift from Budget mode to election campaign mode. Premier Wynne's budget is now a major part of her campaign platform, and she's promised to reintroduce that same budget if the Liberals wins the election.

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From the
Ontario Ministry of Finance:

Ontario Budget 2014-2015
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/
May 1, 2014

Main budget page, includes links to all budget papers (some of which appear below)
Also includes links to the following:
* Expenditure Estimates * Quarterly Finances * Public Accounts * Fall Economic Statement * Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund *
Pre-Budget Consultations *
Ontario's Economy * more...

News Release:
Budget 2014: Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2014/5/budget-2014-building-opportunity-securing-our-future.html
May 1, 2014
2014 Ontario Budget Lays Out Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement.
- includes a summary of budget highlights

The 2014 Ontario Budget
Regular HTML - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/papers_all.html
Interactive HTML - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/interactive/index.html
PDF - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/papers_all.pdf

Budget Speech
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/statement.html

Budget Highlights
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/budhi.html

Backgrounder:
BUDGET 2014 - Fostering a Fair Society
HTML -
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/bk3.html
PDF
(408K, 9 pages) - http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2014/bk3.pdf
* Providing Supports for Low-Income Working Individuals and Families
* Protection and Fairness for Ontario Workers
* Housing and Homelessness Prevention Initiatives
* Supporting the Most Vulnerable
* Supporting Opportunities for Aboriginal People and Communities
* Improving Access to Justice
* Cutting Electricity Costs
* Enhancing Consumer Protection for Ontarian
* Putting Consumers First

Source:
Ministry of Finance
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en

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Analysis/critique of Ontario Budget 2014

From the
Toronto Star:

Ontario budget proposes welfare hikes, new health benefits for kids
http://goo.gl/7srWVN
The Wynne government is proposing to raise welfare rates by 1 per cent and provide an additional top-up to single people on Ontario Works.
Anti-poverty advocates welcomed proposed welfare hikes, new health benefits for children and a plan to hire at-risk youth in provincially funded infrastructure projects in the Liberal budget. They were also pleased the budget signalled the government’s goal to expand health benefits to all low-income working Ontarians. But they are disappointed some people on welfare won’t see any increase, while the rate hike for others won’t keep pace with inflation.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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From the
CBC:

Ontario budget 2014: Wynne gives Horwath 1 week to decide
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-budget-2014-wynne-gives-horwath-1-week-to-decide-1.2627669
May 1, 2014
A budget showdown is looming in Ontario with Premier Kathleen Wynne telling New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath this afternoon that she has a week to decide if she will support the minority government or let it fall. The $130.4-billion budget was tabled on Thursday afternoon, though it contained few surprises since much of its contents had trickled out in various leaks in recent weeks.

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Ontario budget: Andrea Horwath to break silence this morning
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-budget-andrea-horwath-to-break-silence-this-morning-1.2629401
May 2, 2014

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

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From the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Mixed Results for Social Assistance in Budget 2014
http://goo.gl/fnqOE4
May 1, 2014
Ontario’s 2014 Budget takes important steps to reduce poverty in Ontario through investments in income benefits, housing and homelessness supports, and expanded health benefits for low-income children. However, the Budget provides mixed results for Ontarians relying on the province’s two social assistance programs.
(...)

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

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- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk.htm

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

2. Media and Policy News for 01 May
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 1 May 2014

http://goo.gl/RZnmPP

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

It's Budget Day!
What the CCPA Ontario is watching for
Hamilton Roundtable’s proposals for Budget 2014
Pre-budget submissions from:
ISAC - AOHC - Wellesley - RNAO
Budget to contain income tax hikes for individuals over $150,000, while personal care workers are to get an hourly pay raise
Budget also to contain tax hikes on tobacco and aviation fuel
CCPA says there’s room to grow on increasing high earner income taxes
Wynne won’t rule out triggering an election, which could mean a June 5 e-Day– if the NDP vote against the budget, it could be June 26
Global recounts major recent spending announcements
Meanwhile, Hudak outlines a plan to roll back spending, cut taxes and freeze wages
TVO’s The Agenda looked at how to find a way out of poverty last night
Wynne quoted as saying that “government has a role to make sure that if someone is in a low-income situation, that they can still have a life that allows them to sustain themselves and their family”
Tories say Wynne is ignoring advice that an Ontario pension plan would hurt jobs
Sault Ste Marie MPP David Orazietti urges the NDP to support the budget

Other Top Stories

Today is International Workers Day. Here’s what’s on in Ottawa
Migrant Workers Alliance says migrant workers are now paying for government and business failure and abuse
New OECD report says top 1% taking most of Canada's growth; prescribes tax increases to combat income inequality

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

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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. [New Brunswick] Make Poverty an Election Issue -Provincial Election, September 22, 2014
(New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice)

The English version follows the French below.

Faisons de la pauvreté un enjeu électoral le 22 septembre 2014
Le 30 avril 2014
Le Front commun pour la justice sociale a lancé une campagne pour Faire de la pauvreté un enjeu électoral lors de l’élection provinciale du 22 septembre 2014. (Les quatre liens ci dessous vous mèneront à des fichiers PDF de petite taille.)

Communiqué de presse:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/TexteConferencede%20presse11avril2014.pdf

Questionnaire à l’intention des partis politiques:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/QuestionnaireElection%20provinciale2014.pdf

Dépliant:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/DpliantBleuFinal.pdf

Carte d’information:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Information%20CardCartedinformation.pdf

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- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Nouveau-Brunswick :
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbf.htm

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From the New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice:

Make Poverty an Election Issue -Provincial Election, September 22, 2014
April 30, 2014
The Common Front for Social Justice has launched a campaign to Make Poverty an Election Issue in the upcoming September 22, 2014 Provincial Election.
All four links below are to small PDF files.

News Release:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/TextNewsConferenceApril%2011%202014.pdf
April 11, 2014

Questionnaire for Political parties:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Provincial%20ElectionQuestionnaire2014.pdf
April 2014

Leaflet:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/Leafletbleu%20.pdf

Information card:
http://frontnb.ca/uploads/file/InformationCardCarteinformation.pdf

Source:
New Brunswick
Common Front for Social Justice

http://frontnb.ca/

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- Go to the New Brunswick Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nbkmrk.htm

4. The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada - April 23
(By Kate McInturff, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Best and Worst Place to be a Woman in Canada:
An Index of Gender Equality in Canada’s Twenty Largest Metropolitan Areas
(PDF - 717K, 58 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/04/best_and_worst_place_to_be_a_woman_in_canada.pdf
By Kate McInturff
April 23, 2014
This study reveals the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada. It ranks Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education. Among the study’s key findings is the fact that Canada’s big three cities fall in the middle as a group with Montreal in 4th place, Toronto in 6th place, and Vancouver in 13th place.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

https://www.policyalternatives.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

5. Summative Evaluation of the National Child Benefit - October 2013
(Employment and Social Development Canada)

April 30, 2014
Hey, look what I found!

(By Gilles]

As most social researchers already know, last July's Harper Government™ Cabinet shuffle included a rejigging of the mandate(s) of the "old" Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, a new Minister (Jason Kenney) and, bien sûr, a new departmental name (Employment and Social Development Canada - ESDC) and a redesigned website to boot.

As I was perusing the new and not-so-much-improved ESDC Publications page just recently, I stumbled across the National Child Benefit (NCB) evaluation report whose link and table of contents appear immediately below. I also found the National Child Benefit (NCB) Progress Report for 2008 (see the next item below the evaluation).

COMMENT (by Gilles):

The ESDC Publications Page [ http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/publications/index.shtml ] doesn't include a "What's New" feature, so if you wish to see the latest departmental reports, you must click through each of the 19 report categories.
Stoopid.

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Summative Evaluation of the National Child Benefit
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/publications/evaluations/social_development/2013/october.shtml
October 2013
This report summarizes the findings from the second summative evaluation of the National Child Benefit (NCB) initiative. The report is divided into seven principal sections.

Table of Contents:

List of Acronyms
Introduction
Background
1. Description of the National Child Benefit initiative

--- Relationship between the Canada Child Tax Benefit base benefit and National Child Benefit Supplement
--- Provincial and territorial approaches to replacing social assistance benefits for children
--- Provincial and territorial investments and reinvestments
2. Theoretical and empirical background
--- Evaluation of the National Child Benefit Initiative: Synthesis Report (2005)
--- Milligan and Stabile
--- Studies of the Earned Income Tax Credit in the United States
3. Methodology
--- The modified Milligan-Stabile approach
--- Difference-in-Difference approach
4. Description of the data
5. Basic results
6. Modeling the social assistance offset
7. Conclusions

* In general, the evaluation found strong antipoverty effects of the program, along with generally positive employment results for single-parent households.
* The NCB Supplement also seems to have had a positive effect on labour market activity for single adult households.
* These findings provide clear evidence that the NCB initiative is meeting its goals with respect to child poverty, and suggest that it is also, in some cases, promoting attachment to the labour market.
* Couples [see Appendix D] : Two general conclusions can be drawn from the estimates of the NCB Supplement impact on couples: (1) there was clear evidence that the NCB initiative reduced social assistance receipts; and (2) the NCB supplement improved the income status of low income couples. Again, therefore, it seems that the program is meeting one of its primary goals of reducing childhood poverty while at the same time providing some savings on social assistance expenditures.
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References
Appendix A:
A Simple Model of the National Child Benefit Supplement and Labour Supply
Appendix B: Description of Methodology Used
--- The modified Milligan-Stabile approach
--- Difference-in-Difference approach
Appendix C: Examples of Instrumental Variables Regression Results for Singles with all Variables Reported
Appendix D: Results for Couples

Source:

The National Child Benefit
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/
The National Child Benefit (NCB) is a joint initiative of Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments, which includes a First Nations component. The NCB initiative combines two key elements: federal monthly payments to low-income families with children; and benefits and services designed and delivered by the provinces, territories and First Nations to meet the needs of low-income families with children in each jurisdiction.
(Source : Excerpt from the Executive Summary)

Launched in 1998, the NCB has three goals: to help prevent and reduce the depth of child poverty; to promote attachment to the labour market by ensuring that families will always be better off as a result of working; and to reduce overlap and duplication by harmonizing program objectives and benefits and simplifying administration. The NCB initiative combines two key elements: federal monthly payments to low-income families with children; and benefits and services designed and delivered by the provinces, territories and First Nations to meet the needs of low-income families with children in each jurisdiction.
(Source : Excerpt from the report Intro)

ESDC Evaluation Reports
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/publications/evaluations/index.shtml

ESDC Publications and Reports
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/publications/index.shtml

Employment and Social Development Canada
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml

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- Go to the Unofficial Social Union / National Child Benefit Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/socu.htm

6. The National Child Benefit (NCB) Progress Report: 2008
(Govts. of Canada, provinces, territories and First Nations)

The National Child Benefit (NCB) Progress Report: 2008

Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Social Services are committed to reporting to Canadians on the progress of the National Child Benefit (NCB) initiative. This report, The National Child Benefit Progress Report: 2008, is the tenth in a series of progress reports provided by Ministers since the joint NCB initiative was launched in 1998.

The 2008 report provides updated information on the activities of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial govern ments and First Nations to improve the well-being of children in low-income families.

Specifically, it provides detailed information on the contributions of the Government of Canada through the Canada Child Tax Benefit including the NCB Supplement, along with information on the contributions of provincial and territorial governments and First Nations through the programs and services they provide under the NCB initiative. The report also provides an update on the progress the NCB is making in improving the economic well-being of low-income families with children.

The report:

The NCB Progress Report: 2008
HTML version - http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/08/page00.shtml
PDF version (3.6MB - 120 pages) - http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/pdf/ncb_progress_report_2008.pdf

The NCB Progress Report: 2008 - Pamphlet
HTML version - http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/08/pamphlet-08_eng.shtml
PDF version (2MB) - http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/pdf/ncb_pam08_eng.pdf

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Table of contents:
Chapter 1 - The National Child Benefit Supplement
Chapter 2 - National Child Benefit Programs and Services for Low-income Families with Children
Chapter 3 - The First Nations National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative
Chapter 4 - Monitoring Progress – Societal Level Indicators
Chapter 5 - Assessing the Direct Impact of the National Child Benefit Initiative
Chapter 6 - The Way Ahead
Appendix 1 - Glossary
Appendix 2 - Provincial, Territorial and First Nations National Child Benefit Reinvestments and Investments
Appendix 3 - Results of the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) Analysis
Appendix 4 - Additional Statistical Information

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Earlier annual progress reports (back to 2004)
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/06/archives.shtml

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Source:
National Child Benefit website
http://www.nationalchildbenefit.ca/eng/home.shtml

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- Go to the Unofficial Social Union / National Child Benefit Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/socu.htm

7. The Well-Being of Canada’s Young Children: Government of Canada Report 2011

The Well-Being of Canada’s Young Children: Government of Canada Report 2011
http://www.dpe-agje-ecd-elcc.ca/eng/ecd/well-being/page00.shtml

This report fulfills the Government of Canada’s commitment to report on the well-being of Canada’s young
children. This is the fifth report on young children’s well-being released by the Government of Canada.

Table of Contents:
Preface
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Who are Canada’s young children?
Chapter 3 - How healthy are Canada’s young children?
Chapter 4 - How are young children in Canada developing?
Chapter 5 - What do we know about family influences on young children’s development?
Chapter 6 - How are children in middle childhood in Canada developing?
Chapter 7 - Monitoring the Well-Being of Canada’s Young Children
Chapter 8 - What do we know about the well-being of young Aboriginal Children in Canada?
Chapter 9 - What do we know about young children with disabilities in Canada?
Annex A - Technical Notes for Indicators Presented

This report was co-published by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

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- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnbkmrk.htm

8. How are Ontarians Really Doing? A Provincial Report on Ontario Wellbeing- April 2014
(Canadian Index of Wellbeing)

From the
Canadian Index of Wellbeing:

New Ontario index puts wellbeing at the forefront
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/sites/ca.canadian-index-wellbeing/files/uploads/files/ontarioreport-accessible_0.pdf
April 29, 2014
With its first Ontario-focused study released today, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at the University of Waterloo analyzes how well people in the province are really doing in the areas of their lives that matter the most.

Using the same approach that assessed quality of life for all Canadians in its previous 2012 report, the CIW focuses on the residents of Ontario in its new study commissioned by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Among its findings, the report entitled, “How Are Ontarians Really Doing?" (PDF) reveals that over a 17-year period, GDP in Ontario has grown almost four times more than our overall wellbeing.

Complete report:

How are Ontarians Really Doing?
A Provincial Report on Ontario Wellbeing
(PDF - 624K, 68 pages)
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/sites/ca.canadian-index-wellbeing/files/uploads/files/ontarioreport-accessible_0.pdf
April 2014
Contents:
* The Canadian index of wellbeing: a more meaningful story
* What is the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)?
* How are Ontarians Really Doing?
--- Education
--- Community vitality
--- Healthy populations
--- Democratic Engagement
--- Environment
--- Leisure and Culture
--- Time Use
--- Living standards
* A Call to Action: People and Policy for Positive Change
* Conclusion
* Appendix A: The CIW Methodology in Ontario

Related link:

CIW Blog
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/blog

Source:
Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)
https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/
Created through the combined efforts of national leaders and organisations, community groups, international research experts, indicator users, and in consultation with hundreds of Canadians, the CIW encompasses eight domains that contribute to, and affect, the wellbeing of Canadians.
[The eight domains are those appearing above, under " How are Ontarians Really Doing?"]

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

9. Indicators of Well-being in Canada
(Employment and Social Development Canada)

From
Indicators of Well-being in Canada:
http://www4.hrsdc.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp

How many Canadians have a paying job? What levels of education do we have, and how does that compare with other countries? What proportion of marriages end in divorce? How long can we expect to live? Have there been any big changes over the last 20 years or so? This Indicators of Well-being in Canada website helps to answer such questions. Developed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), its purpose is to systematically present measures and report on various aspects of well-being that are important to Canadians.

Indicators:
Work
Learning
Financial Security
Family Life
Housing
Social Participation
Leisure
Health
Security
Environment

Additions and Updates to the Website
http://www4.hrsdc.gc.ca/c.4nt.2nt@-eng.jsp?cid=whatsnewal
Latest site update : November 22, 2013
The following indicators have been updated with the latest data:

Family Income
Retirement Income
Low Income Incidence
Income Distribution
Housing Starts
Rental Vacancy Rates
Age of Mother at Childbirth
Population Size and Growth
Geographic Distribution
Immigration
Aboriginal Population

Source:
Employment and Social Development Canada
http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml
(formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

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

10. Media and Policy News for 28 April
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

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

Latest Media and Policy News: 28 April 2014

http://goo.gl/6Utnpd

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

Top Stories

Carol Goar on the barriers to complete health care - including drug coverage - faced by low-income Ontarians
Ontario to miss its deficit-reduction targets
Possible scenarios for what happens after Budget and a potential spring election
Government recommits to raising the Ontario Child Benefit this summer and indexing it to inflation
And directs Ontario Energy Board to create Ontario Electricity Support Program
Victory at Ontario Court of Appeal protects the rights of people receiving social assistance
Here’s what to expect of a made-in-Ontario pension plan, coming in Thursday’s budget

Top Stories - National

BC lawyers consider Charter challenge on social assistance child support clawbacks (Vancouver Sun - Vancouver Province)
Doug Saunders says “there is no reason for Canada to make any of its immigrants anything other than permanent”
New CCPA report shows which Canadian cities are best and worst for women

Cool Stuff

ISARC’s Pre-Budget Prayer Vigil April 3
Two new publications explore the role of unions in battling inequality (CCPA - Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights

Around the Province

Welland Tribune has a Faces of Poverty live broadcast Tuesday night
Brantford Expositor’s Faces of Poverty series has a livestream roundtable Wednesday
Responses to real stories in Brantford
In Fort Erie, what will you do to respond to poverty
St. Catherines Standard has its own Faces of Poverty series
One woman’s story of living in poverty, in the Welland Tribune
Canada Without Poverty responds to Windsor Star editorialist’s poor bashing
New report shows disturbing level of poverty in Northumberland
Opportunities Waterloo Region to close due to lack of funding

Across the Country

Street homelessness doubles in Vancouver
Higher Single Room Occupancy rents in Vancouver are a factor
Big increases to PEI social assistance rates shouldn’t take two years
Poverty simulation in Fort McMurray

National

David Dodge calls for expansion of the CPP
Ottawa unveils its proposal for a new pension plan
Actuaries like it
So does the CFIB
Is there a future for a defined benefit plan?
Report says Canada’s middle class is now richer than that of the USA
Andrew Jackson shows why that doesn’t mean all is well in Canada
Trish Hennessy explains why she’s not gloating
Economists and academics caution against report’s conclusions
Globe editorial board calls on Harper to restore adequate funding for Stats Can

International

80% of Britons think government should tackle income inequality
A US small business owner makes the case for increasing the minimum wage
Poverty, hunger and homelessness plague the US
OECD says Ireland’s “overly generous” welfare system is keeping people from work
UK administrative restructuring means hundreds of thousands turned away from welfare support

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

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

11. The Creation of a Shared Prosperity in Canada : Unions, Corporations and Countervailing Power - April 17
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

The Creation of a Shared Prosperity in Canada:
Unions, Corporations and Countervailing Power
(PDF - 920K, 36 pages)
https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2014/04/the_creation_of_a_shared_prosperity_in_canada.pdf
By Jordan Brennan
April 17, 2014
This report documents how the growth of unions from the First World War to the mid 1970’s helped create a shared prosperity or “middle class” in Canada, which has been steadily shrinking with the rise of corporate power and the erosion of unions since the late 1970’s.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

https://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

12. Unions Matter- April 17
(Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights)

Unions Matter : Advancing Democracy, Economic Equality and Social Justice
http://nupge.ca/content/11607/unions-matter-new-cflr-book-provides-powerful-tool-pushback-against-inequality
April 23, 2014
Unions Matter examines the critical role that unions and strong labour rights play in reducing income inequality and promoting the social well-being of all citizens.
– A new book by the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) adds to the growing body of evidence showing how unions are essential for achieving equality, democracy, and justice in work and society in Canada.

Order the 176-page book ($26.95)
http://btlbooks.com/book/unions-matter

Source:
Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR)

http://labourrights.ca/

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- Go to the Union Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/unionbkmrk.htm

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2014 - April 29
--- Study: Living arrangements of children in Canada, 1901 to 2011- April 29
--- Study: Wages and full-time employment rates of young high school graduates and bachelor's degree holders, 1997 to 2012 - April 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 ]

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April 29, 2014
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2014
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140429/dq140429b-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $925 in February, little changed from $922 the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, weekly earnings increased 2.3%.

April 29, 2014
Study: Living arrangements of children in Canada, 1901 to 2011
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140429/dq140429c-eng.htm
Between 1901 and 2011, the family circumstances and living arrangements of Canadian children changed in many ways, according to historical information from the censuses of population.
(...) The 2011 Census was the first to provide information about stepfamilies in Canada. That year, 11% of all Canadian children aged 24 and under, or about 1 million children, were in stepfamilies.

The article "Living arrangements of children in Canada: A century of change": (PDF - 926K)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2014001/article/11919-eng.pdf
...is now available online in the most recent edition of Insights on Canadian Society:
http://goo.gl/z09QLL

Related subjects:

Children and youth
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=20000&id=20000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Families, households and housing
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40000&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Living arrangements of individuals
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=40000&id=40002&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Population and demography
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3867&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Population changes
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=3867&id=3869&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

April 28, 2014
Study: Wages and full-time employment rates of young high school graduates and bachelor's degree holders, 1997 to 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140428/dq140428a-eng.htm
The oil boom of the 2000s, increases in real minimum wages and strong growth in the relative number of those earning bachelor's degrees contributed to a narrowing of wage differences between young high school graduates and bachelor's degree holders over the last decade. The findings, contained in a new study, focused on graduates between the 2000-to-2002 and the 2010-to-2012 period. Over that time, average real hourly wages of male high school graduates aged 20 to 34 employed full-time increased by 9%, while women in the same demographic had an 11% rise.

The complete study (PDF - 620K, 37 pages)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0019m/11f0019m2014360-eng.pdf

Check past issues of The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-bin/DAILY/daily.cgi?s=last
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

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

14. 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

May 3, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Public Interest Alberta launches Alberta Could campaign
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/public-interest-alberta-launches-alberta-could-campaign
30 Apr 2014 | Alberta
Public Interest Alberta has launched a new campaign for progressive income tax and increased corporate tax in Alberta. The campaign makes the connections between taxes and funding important public services like child care.

Financing the future: An equitable and sustainable approach to early childhood education and care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/financing-future-equitable-and-sustainable-approach-early-c
30 Apr 2014 | Australia and New Zealand
Report by Deb Brennan and Elizabeth Adamson analyzes Australia's child care funding and provision and argues that, "ECEC subsidies could be structured to achieve more equitable outcomes and value for money and to be focused on the essential costs of delivering ECEC rather than discretionary elements".

How are Ontarians really doing? A provincial report on Ontario wellbeing
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/how-are-ontarians-really-doing-provincial-report-ontario-we
30 Apr 2014 | Ontario
Report from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing is the first provincial report to draw on CIW's national index. It describes "Ontario's successes and challenges in each of the domains of wellbeing and makes comparisons to the rest of the country". The report's policy recommendations include a "Federal-Provincial-Territorial programme of early childhood education".

Working for a living wage 2014: Making paid work meet basic family needs in Metro Vancouver
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/working-living-wage-2014-making-paid-work-meet-basic-family
30 Apr 2014 | British Columbia
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - BC Office finds that child care costs rose by $48 per month, or 4.1 per cent since last year's calculation; child care fees in Vancouver have increased by 44% since 2005 when subsidies were capped.

Chief Planner roundtable: Planning cities for families
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/14/04/chief-planner-roundtable-planning-cities-families
30 Apr 2014 | Ontario
Event organized by Toronto's Chief Planner examines "why families and children matter for the future of cities, and how Toronto measures up in terms of satisfying the needs of urban families". Presenters include: Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Toronto Children's Services; Donna Quan, Toronto District School Board; and Jane Pyper, Toronto's Chief Librarian.

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

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2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

The dollars and sense of a provincial child care policy
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/dollars-and-sense-provincial-child-care-policy
30 Apr 2014 | Ontario

Chiefs of Ontario launch First Nations survey
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/chiefs-ontario-launch-first-nations-survey
30 Apr 2014 | Ontario

The Eastender: Childcare gives kids First Nations pride
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/eastender-childcare-gives-kids-first-nations-pride
30 Apr 2014 | British Columbia

One approach to Head Start: To help kids, help their parents
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/one-approach-head-start-help-kids-help-their-parents
30 Apr 2014 | United States

Five-year plan in works to boost after-school child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/14/04/five-year-plan-works-boost-after-school-child-care
30 Apr 2014 | Asia

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

15. 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/
(halfway down the page)
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:

May 2, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/05/02/
The Near-Poor in the US
Low-Wage Employment (2 articles)
State SNAP Enrollment
The Affordable Cars Act (ACA) and Former Foster Youth

May 1, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/05/01/
Poverty Rate - Oregon

April 30, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/30/
ACA and Medicaid Expansion (2 articles)

April 29, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/29/
State Unemployment Insurance Funds

April 28, 2014
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2014/04/28/
US High School Graduation Rate (2 articles)
Minimum Wage

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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

16. [United States] Minimum wage: Congress stalls, states act - April 29
(CNNMoney)

Minimum wage: Congress stalls, states act
http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/28/news/economy/states-minimum-wage/
By Jeanne Sahadi
April 28, 2014
NEW YORK --- Odds remain low that Congress will raise the $7.25 federal minimum wage anytime soon. But the issue will be revisited in coming days as the Senate takes up a bill to increase it to $10.10 an hour. And President Obama and congressional Democrats plan to push the issue on the campaign trail ahead of the November mid-term elections.
In the meantime, many states have made moves to raise their own minimum wages over the next year.

Source:
CNNMoney
http://money.cnn.com/

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- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/minwage.htm

17. [United States] Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls - April 29
(New York Times)

United States

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/30/us/federal-judge-strikes-down-wisconsin-law-requiring-photo-id-at-polls.html
By Monica Davey and Steven Yaccino
April 29, 2014
The judge found that the 2011 law, which required voters to produce state-approved photo identification cards at polling places, violated the 14th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act [ http://goo.gl/Vtep8 ].

Source:
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/

Gratuitous comment by Gilles:

Take THAT, Skippy!

18. Canada's income gap among fastest growing in the OECD - April 30
(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Canada's income gap among fastest growing in the OECD
http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/canada-s-income-gap-among-fastest-growing-in-the-oecd-1.1799525
April 30, 2014
By Julian Beltrame
OTTAWA -- Canada is among the worst countries in the developed world in terms of the widening income gap between top earners and others in society, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The analysis shows income inequality is on the rise in most developed economies, but the trend has particularly taken hold in the United States and Canada.

The OECD report shows the top one per cent of Canadian pre-tax income earners captured 37 per cent of the overall income growth between 1981 and 2012, and now swallow up 12.2 per cent of the country's income pie.

Source:
CTV News
http://www.ctvnews.ca/

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From the OECD:

Top earners capturing growing share of total income in many countries, says OECD
http://www.oecd.org/social/soc/top-earners-capturing-growing-share-of-total-income-in-many-countries.htm
30 April 2014
Press Release
The share of the richest 1% in total pre-tax income have increased in most OECD countries over the past three decades. This rise is the result of the top 1% capturing a disproportionate share of overall income growth over that timeframe: up to 37% in Canada and 47% in the United States.

FOCUS on
Top Incomes and Taxation in OECD Countries:
Was the crisis a game changer?
(PDF - 740K, 8 pages)
http://www.oecd.org/els/soc/OECD2014-FocusOnTopIncomes.pdf
May 2014
Excerpt from the concluding paragraph:
... a comprehensive policy strategy is needed to tackle overall inequality and promote equality of opportunities, which includes effective and well-targeted transfer policies and other social policies, as well as labour market and education policies.

Figures and Data in Excel (.xls) format
http://www.oecd.org/els/soc/OECD2014-FocusOnTopIncomes-Figures-Data.xlsx

More OECD work on Income Distribution and Poverty
http://www.oecd.org/social/inequality.htm

Source:
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

http://www.oecd.org/

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- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

19. 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):

01 May 2014 CRINmail issue 1375
https://www.crin.org/en/home/what-we-do/crinmail/crinmail-1375
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Worrying trend of inhuman sentencing
- Child marriage bans welcomed
- Freedom of expression concerns at the UN
- Juveniles ‘languishing’ in adult jails in India
- Routine strip-searches of young detainees to end
- Call to ban electric shocks on disabled children
- New publications
- UN news
- Calls for proposals
Access to justice for children in Egypt
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
and other newsletters
:
http://www.crin.org/en/node/293

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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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http://humbleapostrophe.com/
In addition to sound information on the use of apostrophes, this site offers selected rules of grammar and spelling.

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If you agreed with *any* of those examples,
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FACTOID:
A family with five children and an annual family income of $220,000 (in 2012)
is entitled to a monthly Canada Child Tax Benefit payment of $33.95.

Source:
Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) Guideline Table effective July 2013 - June 2014
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/cctb/cctb_pymnt12-eng.html

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Obama Cracks Wise At White House Correspondents Dinner (video, duration 19:32)
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/04/309425228/obama-throws-some-zingers-at-white-house-correspondents-dinner
My personal favourite zinger:
"Let's face it, Fox, you will miss me when I'm gone.
It will be harder to convince the American people that Hillary was born in Kenya."

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32 Hilarious Struggles Only Cat People Can Understand!
http://imgur.com/gallery/dURi3

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Dogs Welcoming Soldiers Home Compilation (video, duration 4:37)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKBcs9tNWg8

Experience life ‘upside down’ in some of the world’s trippiest homes
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/02/experience-life-upside-down-in-the-some-the-worlds-trippiest-homes/

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Top Ten Songs of the '80s
http://80music.about.com/od/80smusic12/tp/topsingles.htm
Earworm Disclaimer:
If you click the link to the videos, I will not be held responsible for any resulting earworms.
Especially not Eye of the Tiger or Sweet Child o' Mine.

 

 

 

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