Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 13, 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 2,685 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...


Canadian content

1. Media and Policy News for 11 April (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
2. Jim Flaherty, former finance minister, dead at 64 (CBC News) - April 7
3. Income splitting vs. childcare (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - April 9
4. The Federal Role in Health and Health Care (Parliamentary Information and Research Service) - Revised September 2013
5. Quebec Election 2014 (Results) - April 7
6. Fifteenth International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) - June 27 to 29, 2014 (Basic Income Canada Network)
7. Chez Soi project (Housing first approach) a success in battling homelessness: study (Mental Health Commission of Canada) - April 8
8. CBC News Archive : Cuts come to employment insurance - May 14, 1996
9. Ontario nixes merger of province's two welfare programs (Toronto Star) - April 7
10. Overview of Studies Related to Persons with Disabilities, House of Commons 1981–2012 (Library of Parliament Research Publications) - October 2012
"NDP satellite offices" in Quebec and Saskatchewan (April 8) + Large-Volume Mailings (House of Commons Board of Internal Economy) - March 24
12. Supplementary Measures of Unemployment in Canada (Library of Parliament Research Publications) - March 2013
13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Long-term Care Facilities Survey, 2011 and 2012 - April 10

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. [U.S] Our Inequality [series] (Dissent Magazine) - March/April 2014
17. Ten Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps (Huffington Post) - April 3
18. World Food Clock
19. Guaranteeing a Minimum Income Has Been a Utopian Dream for Centuries (Motherboard) - November 14, 2013
20. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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1. Media and Policy News for 11 April
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media and Policy News: 11 April 2014

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

Top Stories

Windsor advocates say government must refocus on poverty reduction
Metcalf report shows businesses profit from the precarity of migrant workers
And the report says Ontario must close current loopholes if new protections legislation is to succeed
Migrant workers lose bid to keep OHIP after being injured on the job
Op-Ed: Ontario should make sure injured migrant workers are ensured
Migrant workers get primary care through local Community Health Centres
Natural gas price hikes adding to numbers needing energy bill help
Ontario nixes recommended merger of OW and ODSP
Canadian Council of Chief Executives release a report saying business pays its fair share
But they’re including things they shouldn’t to pad the numbers
Even a business-friendly Vancouver Sun columnist calls it “hokum” and says that even their padded number “isn’t egregiously out of line”
Here’s Linda McQuaig’s take
Mental Health Commission of Canada pilot project says housing is the best treatment for mental illness
Conference Board study says more support for children in foster care will pay dividends
Communities of faith and the progressive movement

Good Things

April 14th – Day of Action on the Minimum Wage
Do the feds want to reduce youth unemployment? Armine Yalnizyan tells them how
Homeless Connect Toronto takes place this weekend
And you know that book by Thomas Piketty that’s getting all the attention? Here’s a great (although pointy headed) op-ed from him and a colleague in The Guardian from last fall, entitled “Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%”


Ontario is ignoring its own disability accessibility law
What progressives need to do for better paying jobs and greater income equality

Around the Province

Lots of coverage of expansion of Healthy Smiles program for low-income children
But expansion may lead to exclusion of all but the very poorest
More Otttawa households got help with hydro bills through LEAP this year
Protesting poor quality housing in Toronto (video)
Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations reaching out to Toronto’s condo renters
Stitching Our Own Social Safety Net project highlights importance of a Toronto poverty reduction strategy

Across the Country

PEI says a guaranteed livable income system is possible
The BC government’s clawback of child support is hurting families
BC needs a poverty reduction strategy
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents fear dispersal with new local area plan


Conservatives vote to make certification harder and decertification easier
AFL head recasts CFIB’s claim that temporary foreign workers have better “work ethic” than Canadians


How do you end poverty? Well you can’t if you don’t include Indigenous peoples
World Bank says growth is not enough to end poverty
Oxfam report says public services are strong weapons against global inequality
UK research shows the need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts [ed note: *sigh*]
Rowntree CEO says poverty is not inevitable and profound change is possible
How the right sold austerity as the only economic solution
To solve climate change, you have to address energy poverty
Addressing energy poverty in New Zealand
Marching against poverty in New Zealand


Compiled by
Jennefer Laidley
Policy & Research Analyst
Income Security Advocacy Centre


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

Check Gilles' expanded Media and Policy News archive:
(Back to April 2012, includes a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):


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

2. Jim Flaherty, former finance minister, dead at 64 - April 7
(CBC News

Jim Flaherty, former federal finance minister, dead at 64.
"My partner and my friend," Prime Minister Stephen Harper says of Jim Flaherty
By Laura Payton
April 10, 2014

CBC News

Add your thoughts to the
Jim Flaherty Book of Condolences:


Selected media coverage/commentary:

‘Each of us should contemplate Jim Flaherty’s example’
Paul Wells remembers the formidable former finance minister
By Paul Wells


Disability community ‘has lost a true champion’ in Jim Flaherty
By André Picard
April 11, 2014
Outside of financial circles, Jim Flaherty is best remembered as a relentless champion of Canadians with disabilities. The former finance minister, who died Thursday at age 64, created, most notably, the registered disability savings plan (RDSP), a program designed to meet the needs of people with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, that is unique in the world.
NOTE : If you feel that it's inappropriate to critique Jim Flaherty's legacy so soon after his passing, don't read the 24 comments about this story, nor the next article dating back to the announcement of his retirement. I feel that it *is* appropriate to critique his place as "one of Canada's best finance ministers in Canadian history", as one National Post editorialist stated. For Ontarians, Jim Flaherty was one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, along with Mike Harris, John Baird and Tony Clement, who, during the mid-1990s, cut welfare benefits across the board by 21.6% and slashed funding to municipalities and social agencies in Ontario , among other regressive measures.

If you do choose to read the 24 comments to the above article (see the link at the end of the article), you'll note that many of them are (sometimes derisive) counterpoints to the rosy view presented in the article regarding RDSP...

The Globe and Mail


What's with all this praise for Jim Flaherty's record?
March 19, 2014


CBC cuts show other side of Jim Flaherty
By Thomas Walkom
April 11, 2014
Jim Flaherty’s death is a reminder that good people can do bad things for the best of reasons.
The cutbacks in employment insurance, the decision to raise the age of eligibility for old-age security, the reductions in transfer payments to Ontario, the lessening of environmental enforcement — all were collective decisions of the Harper cabinet. All ministers bear responsibility for them.
Flaherty was also a willing and active participant in Harper’s dark experiment to remake Canada along Conservative lines. The omnibus budget bills that, to the dismay of the opposition, allowed this experiment to proceed were his.
They, too, are part of his legacy.
Like most people, Jim Flaherty was complicated.

Toronto Star


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

3. Income splitting vs. childcare - April 9
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

Income splitting vs. childcare
April 9, 2014
Study after study shows that public spending on child care should be a top priority. The wide-spread and long-lasting economic, social, and health benefits for children, families, and society far outweigh the costs. However, Canada is last among its peer countries on public spending on child care. Despite all the evidence, the federal Conservative government persists on ineffective high-cost proposals such as income-splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

In 2011, the Harper conservatives made an election pledge that they would allow couples with children under 18 to split up to $50,000 of their income each year for tax purposes. This would reduce what the household would pay in taxes to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) study, Income Splitting in Canada: Inequality by Design (see the link below), showed Canadians that the Conservative plan to extend income splitting to families with children under 18 would provide no benefit to 86 per cent of all families. Meanwhile the cost to the federal government would be $3 billion and the cost to the provinces would be $1.9 billion for a total loss of revenue in 2015 alone of nearly $5 billion.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
* I administer the mailing list and distribute the weekly newsletter using software on the webmail server of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Thanks, CUPE!.


The complete CCPA study:

Income Splitting in Canada: Inequality by Design (PDF - 613K, 26 pages)

Related news release:
English :
Français :
[L'étude complète est disponible en anglais seulemen.t]

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


- Go to the Children, Families and Youth Links (NGO) page:

- Go to the Taxes and Tax Freedom Day Links page:

4. The Federal Role in Health and Health Care - Revised September 2013
(Parliamentary Information and Research Service)

The Federal Role in Health and Health Care
By Marlisa Tiedemann
Parliamentary Information and Research Service
Library of Parliament
22 September 2011

NOTE : Revised 20 September 2013

HTML version:

PDF version (172K, 11 pages)


1 Health and the Constitution Act, 1867
2 The Criminal Law Power
3 The Federal Spending Power
4 Peace, Order and Good Government
5 Other Federal Responsibilities that Bear on Health
Selected Bibliography

Library of Parliament Research Publications


- Go to the Medicare Debate Links page:

5. Quebec Election 2014 (Results) - April 7

NOTE : Links to English content appear below the solid horizontal line below.


Élection générale du Québec 2014
Le 7 avril 2014

Québec : Élections générales
"Toutes les informations concernant les élections générales"
Site Web du Directeur général des élections du Québec

Le Devoir:

Requiem pour le projet de pays
9 avril | Stéphane Baillargeon , Isabelle Paré , Philippe Orfali
Au lendemain de la cuisante défaite du PQ, des ténors de l’indépendance sonnent le glas du projet souverainiste et croient, après des décennies de lutte, que l’idée d’un pays est moribonde.

Les femmes accusent un recul à l’Assemblée nationale
9 avril 2014 | Amélie Daoust-Boisvert
De 41 en 2012, elles ne sont plus que 34. Les élections de lundi ont vu élire moins de femmes, ramenant leur présence aux proportions de 2007.

Le Devoir : Liens connexes
Chroniques, analyses, éditoriaux, blogues, etc.

Le Devoir:


La Presse:

9 avril 2014
Taux de participation: «On aurait aimé faire un peu plus», dit le Directeur général des élections (DGE)
Le DGE, Jacques Drouin, aurait apprécié un taux de participation comparable au dernier scrutin provincial alors que près de 75 % des électeurs s'étaient exprimés. «Mais, quand même, 71 %, 72 %, c'est respectable. C'est mieux que le piètre 57 % de 2008», se console-t-il.

Élections Québec 2014
Résultats, chroniques, sondages, vidéos

La Presse



Élections Québec 2014

Et si? Les résultats sous la loupe de la proportionnelle
8 avril 2014
Si l'on regarde les résultats électoraux de près, on voit que le Parti québécois et la Coalition avenir Québec n'ont que 2,2 % d'écart. Une différence qui se traduit pourtant par huit sièges d'écart, en raison du système politique. Et si le Québec avait voté selon un mode de scrutin proportionnel? Place aux scénarios hypothétiques que nourrit cette proposition de réforme démocratique débattue depuis déjà plus de 40 ans au Québec


English coverage of the 2014 Quebec election

General Election
"All the information on the General Elections"
English Website of the Directeur général des élections du Québec


Quebec Provincial Election 2014

Election Almanach


From CBC News:

Quebec election: Liberals win majority:
Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois loses own seat
April 7, 2014
Nineteen months after they were ousted from power, the Liberals in Quebec will form the province's next majority government.
The Liberals took 70 seats in the 125 seat National Assembly, the Parti Québécois 30, the Coalition Avenir Québec 22 and Québec Solidaire three.

The Liberals entered this election campaign as the official opposition, but battled back from a public backlash and integrity questions that saw the province elect its first Parti Québécois minority government in the fall of 2012. The election itself, called early by the PQ with majority hopes in sight, was a gamble from the start — and it's one the party lost. Pauline Marois, who lost her own seat in her Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré riding, stepped down as party leader during an emotional concession speech in front of her supporters.

More CBC Quebec election coverage
- incl. results map, leaders' speeches after the results were tabulated, election result analysis, photos and graphics, etc.

CBC News


From the Montreal Gazette:

Municipalities the big winners: Coderre
Municipalities — and notably Montreal — “were one of the winners of this election campaign,” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Tuesday. “I would suggest that if there’s one word that’s coming out of this election, it’s stability.”

More Gazette election coverage

Montreal Gazette


- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:

- Go to the Québec Links (English) page:

- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec:

6. Fifteenth International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) - June 27 - 29, 2014
(Basic Income Canada Network)

Fifteenth International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)
June 27 - 29, 2014
McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec

There will also be a Preconference Workshop Day on Thursday June 26th, 2014. This day is optional and is also the 13th annual North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress.


The Congress Schedule and sessions can be viewed at:

The theme of the congress intends to address the recent global economic crisis, and the dominant austerity response of national and international governing bodies. Some writers suggest this approach has vastly increased economic inequality, poverty, financial insecurity and social exclusion across the globe. Individuals and families in both the developing and developed world are experiencing tremendous vulnerability and powerlessness against an economy seemingly spiraling out of control. Many believe the time has now come to radically rethink our response to the crisis and its resulting precariousness, and the structural organization of the economic fabric in our societies.

The 2014 BIEN Congress aims to explore the role a universal and unconditional basic income could play in re-democratizing our economy.

Basic Income Canada Network
Basic Income Canada Network / Réseau canadien pour le revenu garanti provides information on Basic Income, promotes the idea, and advocates with the public and policy makers about policy to support a basic income.

Related link:

Guaranteed livable income plan possible, Ghiz confirms:
Premier would like to see P.E.I. as centre of pilot project
April 4, 2014
P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz says he doesn't expect he will discuss the idea of a guaranteed livable income with the current federal government. (CBC)
Premier Robert Ghiz says he'd like to see P.E.I. become the site of a pilot project for a guaranteed livable income in Canada.
The idea has been brought up by various community groups, but this is the first endorsement by the provincial government.

CBC News


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

- Go to the Prince Edward Island Links page:

7. Chez Soi project (Housing first approach) a success in battling homelessness: study - April 8
(Mental Health Commission of Canada)

Chez Soi project a success in battling homelessness: study
Housing first approach saves taxpayers more than twice the money invested, data show
By Charlie Fidelman
April 8, 2014

National At Home/Chez Soi Final Report (PDF - 14.1MB, 48 pages)
April 3, 2014
Lien vers la version française de l'étude (PDF - 10.75Mo.)
This report documents the final results of the At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project, which examined Housing First as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada. The project followed more than 2,000 participants for two years, and was the world’s largest trial of Housing First, with demonstration sites in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal, and Moncton.

At Home website
Site Chez Soi en français
At Home is a research demonstration project on mental health and homelessness undertaken by the
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Page d'accueil en français:
Commission de la santé mentale du Canada

Related link:

10 Things to Know About the At Home/Chez Soi Study
By Nick Falvo
April 5, 2014


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

8. CBC News Archive : Cuts come to employment insurance - May 14, 1996

Cuts come to employment insurance (video, duration 7:16)
CBC National with Peter Mansbridge
May 14, 1996
In 1996, benefits were slashed and qualifying periods increased for Canada's unemployed.


- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

9. Ontario nixes merger of province's two welfare programs - April 7
(Toronto Star)

Ontario nixes merger of province's two welfare programs
By Laurie Monsebraaten
April 7, 2014
Anti-poverty and disability-rights activists are claiming victory after the Wynne government’s decision this week not to merge social assistance programs for disabled and non-disabled Ontarians.

“We are very pleased the government has decided not to do this,” said Kyle Vose, who has HIV and is among about 440,000 Ontarians who rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Another 450,000 are supported by Ontario Works (OW), the province’s welfare program for everyone else. “People with disabilities have different needs that are unique to our population,” said Vose, co-chair of the ODSP Action Committee, which opposed the merger. “The program’s focus on those needs would be lost if we were folded into OW,” the Toronto man said Friday.

Community and Social Services Minister Ted McMeekin made the surprise announcement in the legislature Thursday after activists spent more than a year lobbying against the move. The merger was one of the key recommendations of the Liberals’ Social Assistance Reform Commission, co-chaired by former NDP cabinet minister Frances Lankin and former Statistics Canada head Munir Sheikh. The commission reported in the fall of 2012.

Toronto Star


- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:

10. Overview of Studies Related to Persons with Disabilities, House of Commons 1981–2012 - October 2012
( Library of Parliament Research Publications)

Overview of Studies Related to Persons with Disabilities, House of Commons 1981–2012
By Chantal Collin, Social Affairs Division
2 October 2012
HTML version :
PDF version (505K, 22 pages) :
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, its previous Sub-committee1 on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and other predecessors have studied many aspects of disability during the past 30 years.
This paper summarizes the studies and reports of these committees.

Library of Parliament Research Publications
Parliament of Canada

The above overview of studies is an excellent guide to the work of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and its various sub-committees since the early 1980s. Links are provided to some (but sadly not all) of the study reports. If you find a report that doesn't have a link, just copy and paste its title (Ctrl+C --- Ctrl+V) into a search window. You'd be surprised to learn how often you can find precious historical documents that way...


- Go to the Disability Links page:

11. "NDP satellite offices" in Quebec and Saskatchewan (April 8) + Large-Volume Mailings (March 24)
(House of Commons Board of Internal Economy)

About those "NDP satellite offices"
in Quebec and Saskatchewan...


From the Board of Internal Economy:
[The Board of Internal Economy is the governing body of the House of Commons.]

Use of House of Commons Resources for Political Offices (small PDF file)
Coming into force April 14, 2014
Ottawa – April 8, 2014 – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons and Chair of the Board of Internal Economy, has confirmed that the Board is conducting an investigation into the use of House of Commons resources in offices outside of the Parliamentary Precinct or constituency offices. This investigation is further to allegations of improper use of House resources brought forward to the Board, specifically related to the Members By-law (section 4.3).


Large-Volume Mailings (small PDF file)
Ottawa – March 24, 2014 – Today, the Board of Internal Economy confirmed that it is reviewing a matter related to large-volume mailings in response to complaints regarding the appropriateness of such mailings sent by Members of the House of Commons in ridings not held by their party.

Parliamentary Website


- Go to the General Federal Government Links page:

12. Supplementary Measures of Unemployment in Canada - March 2013
(Library of Parliament Research Publications)

Supplementary Measures of Unemployment in Canada
HTML version :
PDF version (427K, 8 pages) :
By Emmanuel Preville
6 March 2013
(...) The official unemployment rate is the standard measure of what constitutes unemployment. But other dimensions of the labour market can be explored by analyzing supplementary rates. Data on subpopulations such as involuntary part-timers and discouraged searchers provide a broader understanding of the state of the labour market.
1 Introduction
2 The Official Unemployment Rate and Supplementary Unemployment Rates
3 Long-Term Unemployment
4 Non-Participants and Hidden Unemployment
5 Total Underutilization
6 International Unemployment Indicators
7 Conclusion

Library of Parliament Research Publications
Parliament of Canada


- Go to the Social Statistics Links page:

13. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Long-term Care Facilities Survey, 2011 and 2012 - April 10

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]

April 10, 2014
Long-term Care Facilities Survey, 2011 and 2012
Data from the Long-term Care Facilities Survey for 2011 and 2012 are now available.
Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 5203.
For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; or Media Relations (613-951-4636;

Related subjects:


Health care services

That's it for this week on the social program side of StatCan - unless you're interested in pipeline inventories and exports of crude oil and condensate or aircraft movement statistics. You can check the past week's releases (and further back than that...) by clicking the next link below.

Check past issues of The Daily:
Select a month and year from the two drop-down menus to access all issues of The Daily for a particular month.

StatCan Blog
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.
The Daily
[Statistics Canada ]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

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

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

April 13, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

The relationship between income and children’s outcomes: A synthesis of Canadian evidence
9 Apr 2014 | Canada
Report from the Canadian Research Data Centre Network finds: "higher income is found to improve a range of child outcomes but that improvement is quite small"; says that policies "focusing exclusively on income to close the gap between children from low- and higher-income families, via transfers or otherwise, are unlikely to be effective".

Income splitting vs. child care
9 Apr 2014 | Canada
Article from CUPE Counterpoint states that, "when you add up the combined cost of income-splitting that benefits the rich and child benefit cheques that don't buy quality child care, the missed opportunity costs are huge".

Women, government and policy making in OECD countries: Fostering diversity for inclusive growth
9 Apr 2014 | International
Report from the OECD provides "comparative data and policy benchmarks on women's access to public leadership and inclusive gender-responsive policy-making across OECD countries"; finds "too few women are being promoted to senior government posts or given decision-making roles in the public sector".

Profiting from the precarious: How recruitment practices exploit migrant workers
9 Apr 2014 | Canada
Report from the Metcalf Foundation "exposes how temporary foreign workers are paying thousands of dollars in recruiting fees"; finds that "even though a 2009 Ontario law prohibits recruitment fees for live-in caregivers, two-thirds of them have paid fees since the law took effect".

Nova Scotia budget 2014
9 Apr 2014 | Nova Scotia
The 2014 Nova Scotia budget includes $1.3 million to "reduce waitlists for community based early intervention programs" and $2 million to "provide more early education for children and parenting support through Family Resource Centres"

MORE research, policy & practice


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

Ontario teachers shouldn’t invest in for-profit child care
8 Apr 2014 | Ontario

University of Manitoba launches child care initiative
9 Apr 2014 | Manitoba

Childcare workers undervalued and underpaid, Victorian study reveals
9 Apr 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Why childcare is now a privilege: five-star centres popping up all over Sydney
9 Apr 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Stay-at-home moms are often young, poor, lacking education
9 Apr 2014 | United States

MORE child care in the news


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:

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:

* 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 :


Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
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

CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
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.


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

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.)
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.

(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:

April 11, 2014
Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Insurance Coverage (4 articles)
Farmers Markets and SNAP – North Carolina
Long-Term Unemployment
Welfare Reform – Maine, Alabama (2 articles)

April 10, 2014
Homelessness and Housing First (2 articles)
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

April 9, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

April 8, 2014
State Minimum Wages – Maryland, Minnesota (2 articles)
Tax Preparation Fees

April 7, 2014
ACA and Medicaid Enrollment (3 articles)


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


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


Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

University of Wisconsin-Madison


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

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

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

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

16. [U.S] Our Inequality (series) - March/April 2014
(Dissent Magazine)

From Dissent Magazine:

Our Inequality
[Click the link above to access the articles below.]
* Who Pays? Taxes and American Inequality - April 10, 2014
* A Tattered Safety Net: Social Policy and American Inequality - April 3, 2014
* The Perils of Private Welfare: Job-Based Benefits and American Inequality - March 27, 2014
* The Bare Minimum: Labor Standards and American Inequality - March 20, 2014
* The Union Difference: Labor and American Inequality - March 13, 2014
* Our Inequality: An Introduction - March 6, 2014
This series is adapted from Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality:
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... which is a resource developed for the Project on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies and
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Dissent Magazine:

According to the New York Times, Dissent Magazine is a “ pillar of leftist intellectual provocation”.
Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and ideas which established itself as one of America’s leading intellectual journals in 1954.


- Go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:

17. Ten Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps - April 3
(Huffington Post)

Ten Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps
April 3, 2014

NOTE : The Food Stamp Programs is now known as the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Ten ThingsYou Can't Buy Using Food Stamps:

* Toilet paper.
* Laundry detergent.
* Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss.
* Soap.
* Diapers.
* Tampons and pads.
* Deodorant.
* Hair-care products.
* Cleaning products.
* Lotion, powder, sunscreen, lip balm, etc

Huffington Post


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

18. World Food Clock

World Food Clock
How much food is being consumed around the world right now? It's a vast question that can be answered by the World Food Clock. This interesting website draws on information provided by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and presents a streaming set of data on global food consumption, global food waste, and other informative topics. It's visually arresting and users can scroll down to look through different "clocks" that track statistics such as the land used to grow wasted food and the stages of food waste, which include production, processing, and consumption. This is a wonderful tool for folks with an interest in food security, environmental studies, public health, and international relations. It could also be used in any number of design courses to illustrate a range of techniques and visualization strategies.

The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.


- Go to the Food Banks and Hunger Links page:

19. Guaranteeing a Minimum Income Has Been a Utopian Dream for Centuries - November 14, 2013

Guaranteeing a Minimum Income Has Been a Utopian Dream for Centuries
By Brian Merchant
November 14, 2013
Switzerland made headlines with its proposal to dole out $2,800 per month to every citizen in the nation, thus creating a basic minimum income—and ensuring that no Swiss ever had to live below the poverty line again. It's a seemingly radical effort to redistribute income, and to sew together one of the most generous safety nets possible—but it's hardly a new idea. The utopian notion that a society should pool and distribute its resources to gaurantee the wellbeing of its most vulnerable citizens dates back over a millenium: Islamic Caliphates, American revolutionaries, sci-fi writers, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have all pushed for a basic minimum income. One of the earliest incarnations first surfaced in Arabia in the early 600s, and sprung from Islamic religious tradition...

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- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

20. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRIN is a global children’s rights advocacy network. Established in 1995, we press for rights - not charity - and campaign for a genuine shift in how governments and societies view and treat children. We link to nearly 3,000 organisations that between them work on children’s rights in every country in the world and rely on our publications, research and information sharing.

Our Vision
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all their human rights guaranteed by the United Nations, regional organisations and national governments.

CRIN weekly newsletter (Latest issue):

09 April 2014 - CRINmail issue 1372
In this issue:
Children's complaints mechanism to enter into force
Latest news and reports
Access to justice in the Republic of Korea
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
Challenging breaches
Take action


CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).


Subscribe to CRINMAIL
and other newsletters


CRIN News Archive


CRIN Country Pages : CANADA


Children's rights Wiki - from CRIN
The Children's Rights Wiki assembles all information about children's rights in every country in one place. The purpose of the project is to make the huge volume of information that exists on children's rights more accessible, assist children's rights advocates in identifying persistent violations, and inspire collective action. This is a web-based, multi-lingual and interactive project.


Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

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