Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 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 2,706 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...

By Gilles:

AHHHHHH --- Summertime, and the livin' is easy...
Activity is shifting down a gear or two in the area of Canadian social research now that summer is *really* here, but the Canadian Social Research Links Guy won't complain. Those fish in the Mighty Gatineau River won't catch themselves!
[ <=== the CSRL Guy doing something OTHER than sitting at the computer! ]
BTW - if you have some ground-breaking (OK "informative" will do...) research to share with the world --- or at least with the 2700 people in Canada who REALLY know social programs because they subscribe to the weekly newsletter --- please feel free to send it along to me at the email address that appears just below the table of contents.


Canadian content

1. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - July 9 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

2. Financial literacy and direct deposit (Toronto Star) - July 6
3. Target-Benefit Pension Plans : Retirement - (Pensions Network Canada)
4. Media and Policy News for 8 July (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Labour Force Survey, June 2014 - July 11
--- Government Finance Statistics, first quarter 2014 - July 10

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

International content

7. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
8. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Have a great week!

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CEO pay

Pause for reflection...
All in a Day's Work? CEO Pay in Canada
(PDF - 684K, 14 pages)
January 2014

1. SPARmonitor - Monitoring Toronto's Social Change - July 9 (2014) issue
[SPAR = Social Policy Analysis & Research, City of Toronto]

From the
City of Toronto:

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

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


Latest issue of the

SPARmonitor : July 9 (2014) - issue 133 (PDF - 164K, 3 pages)

This issue covers the following:

Ø Finding Home: The Impacts of Partner Violence on Women’s Housing Stability, Health and Wellbeing
Ø Competitive Alternatives Special Report: Focus on Tax
Ø Toronto Final Report: At Home/Chez Soi Project
Ø Who, Or What, Is To Blame for the Accumulation of Debt in Ontario and Quebec (And What Will It Take to Stop the Bleeding?)
Ø The Public Purse versus Private Wallets: Comparing Provincial Approaches to Investing in Economic Growth
Ø How Canada Performs: Education and Skills


- Monitoring Toronto's Social Change
- includes links to bulletins from January to March 2011 and to all 33 issues of SPARmonitor for 2010.
But curiously, nothing since then...

[ Social Development, Finance & Administration ]
[ City of Toronto ]


Selected earlier issues of the SPARmonitor
(This link will take you partway down the Ontario Links page, where you'll find links to over three dozen earlier issues of the SPARmonitor going back to June 2011.)

2. Financial literacy and direct deposit - July 6
(Toronto Star)

Financial literacy leader focuses on seniors: Canada's new financial literacy leader, Jane Rooney, wants to build seniors' money skills in the first phase of developing a national strategy.
By Ellen Roseman
July 6, 2014
(...) April 2016, the federal government will stop mailing cheques and switch to a direct deposit system. Old age pensions, tax refunds and children’s benefits will be transferred electronically to your bank account. With the transition deadline less than two years away, Ottawa is pushing everyone to sign up for direct deposit.
Direct deposit could pose a problem for low-income seniors who rely on government payments to live on, says advocate John Stapleton.
“Banks still have black lists and won’t allow some people to have accounts, especially if they have defaulted and not paid on a bank product,” he says.
“Some of our very poorest and disenfranchised seniors are going to be further victimized. So cruel.”

John Stapleton, a former Ontario civil servant, uses his skills as a poverty expert to give tailored advice on low-income retirement planning.
[ See ]

Open Policy (John Stapleton's website/blog)

Jane Rooney is Canada’s first financial literacy leader, appointed last April.
[ See ]

The Toronto Star


Related links:

Financial Consumer Agency

Toward a National Strategy for Financial Literacy
Canada is developing a National Strategy for Financial Literacy that will set out goals and priorities in working to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. In its final report [ ] in December 2010, the Task Force on Financial Literacy defined financial literacy as having the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions.

Financial literacy background

Task Force on Financial Literacy


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

3. Target-Benefit Pension Plans (Retirement)
(Pensions Network Canada)

Target-Benefit Pension Plans

Pensions Network Canada
The Pensions Network is a project of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to help inform pension activists, members and the community of ongoing changes and challenges to retirement security.
The latest attack on retirement security for workers is employer moves to replace Defined Benefit with Target-Benefit Plans. Target Benefit Plans are being promoted as "Shared Risk" Plans by employer groups. In reality, there is no sharing of risk, all of the risk is taken on by the employee.

Backgrounder on Target-Benefit Pension Plans
- includes "Top Ten Reasons Allowing Employers to Change Defined-Benefit Pension Plans into Target-Benefit Plans is Wrong"


CUPE Submission - Federal Target Benefit Consultation
Submission by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to the Department of Finance Canada’s Consultation Paper entitled “Pension Innovation for Canadians: The Target Benefit Plan”
Submitted June 23, 2014


From the Canadian Labour Congress:

Pensions & Retirement


From Finance Canada:
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Harper Government Begins Consultations on a Potential Target Benefit Pension Plan Framework
News Release
April 24, 2014
Harper Government Begins Consultations on a Potential Target Benefit Pension Plan Framework

Consultation Paper - Pension Innovation for Canadians: The Target Benefit Plan
The objective of this paper is to seek views on the approach and elements of a federal TBP framework. DC and DB plan sponsors, unions, the actuarial and legal professions, and retiree groups are invited to provide comments on these proposals.
(The consultation period ended June 23.)


- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

4. Media and Policy News for 8 July
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media and Policy News: 8 July 2014

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

Top Stories

Former WSIB chair says Ontario’s workers’ compensation system is under attack from within – changes “are undermining decades of progress" and "all Ontarians ought to oppose” them
A letter to the editor outlines more problems in the WSIB system
Ontario’s housing crisis is also a health crisis
Homelessness Hub’s latest infographic: Social determinants of health
Reaction to the Federal Court’s ruling that refugee health care cuts are “cruel and unusual” – and unconstitutional
New report from Windsor-Essex says 18.3% of families live in poverty, the highest in the province


New Legal Aid Ontario program to help unrepresented people resolve family law disputes

Around the Province

More Gladue services in the North to better address the over-representation of Aboriginal peoples in the criminal justice system
Why a transit fare equity policy for Toronto just makes sense
The lack of affordable housing in Toronto, and what’s at the root of the problem
The number of people receiving Ontario Works in Muskoka is declining

Across the Country

Ending homelessness in Vancouver requires money and policy change, not self-congratulation
Increasing funds for food in social assistance may simply mean money will be spent on rent


Changes to Employment Insurance:

Atlantic Premiers release report on impact of EI changes

Report “slams changes to EI program”

Report says rule changes “created fear among workers”:

Report is “spot on”

Report “vindicates Kenney”

CUPE “disappointed” with report


What’s wrong with the Universal Child Care Benefit
Editorial: Court ruling on employers’ obligations is a child care victory for working parents
Aboriginal Affairs Minister wants to extend pilot program for Aboriginal youth on social assistance
The new Social Security Tribunal: Massive CPP-D backlog and denial of the rules of natural justice

What Finance officials told the federal government about the impact of income splitting
NDP says federal government using Private Members Bills to avoid proper legislative vetting
CLC condemns federal pension proposals
Report from Food Banks Canada: Food banks and the dependence myth


Obama to push for tax loophole closures in order to fund highways
What it means to go without water, as 12,500 people in Detroit are cut off for unpaid bills
Australian Opposition decries government for demonizing people with disabilities during welfare review
New Zealand child poverty drops back to pre-recession levels
But poverty in Ireland isn’t budgin


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:

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Labour Force Survey, June 2014 - July 11
--- Government Finance Statistics, first quarter 2014 - July 10

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


July 11, 2014
Labour Force Survey, June 2014
Employment was little changed in June and the unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 7.1% as more people were searching for work.

Related link:

Unemployment rate rises to 7.1% in June

National NewsWatch

July 10, 2014
Government Finance Statistics, first quarter 2014
Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system which presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis across countries. Quarterly GFS data are available on CANSIM, for overall government in Canada and for four sectors from 1991 to the first quarter of 2014. These sectors are: federal government; provincial/territorial governments; local governments; and Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Available in CANSIM table 385-0032

Related subjects:

Economic accounts

Financial and wealth accounts

Government financial statistics


Balance sheets

Revenue and expenditures

Check past issues of The Daily:
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.

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


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

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

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

July 12, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

Think nationally, act locally: A pan-Canadian strategy for education and training
9 Jul 2014 | Canada
New report from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives argues that lack of data collection, research and monitoring of ECEC in Canada "indicates that the absence of a concerted approach deprives us of the very tools we need to improve our performance in this key aspect of education."

A guide to balancing work and caregiving obligations: Collaborative approaches for a supportive and well-performing workplace
9 Jul 2014 | Canada
In light of the Federal Court of Appeal's Johnstone ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has developed a guide that "offers employers and employees practical tips on what to do when an employee’s family caregiving and work responsibilities come into conflict."

The double dividend: Childcare that's affordable and high quality
9 Jul 2014 | Europe
Policy brief from Start Strong Ireland makes the point that "high quality services can’t be delivered on the cheap. Those countries that achieve the double dividend of affordable, quality services do so through public investment."

European Early Childhood Education Research journal special issue: Disadvantage and social justice
9 Jul 2014 | Europe
Special issue of EECER journal features articles by Helen Penn, Eva Lloyd, Jan Peeters, Michel Vandenbroeck, John Bennett, and others. This timely issue focuses on child care services and disadvantage in the context of "government economic policies that have often favoured austerity and cuts to social services, a policy that penalises disproportionately low-income families with young children".

Parliamentary inquiry into childcare for disabled children: Levelling the playing field for families with disabled children and young people
9 Jul 2014 | Europe
UK Parliamentary Inquiry into child care for children with disabilities presents their overarching recommendation that "the Government should develop a cross-departmental action plan and funded programme to ensure that all disabled children and young people can access affordable, accessible and appropriate childcare."

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

Quebec daycare workers stage 1 day walkout
9 Jul 2014 | Quebec

A 'nanny state' won't solve childcare problems
9 Jul 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

NDP's Tom Mulcair pitches House of Commons daycare for MPs
9 Jul 2014 | Canada

G8 Education to buy 19 childcare centres for $25.7 mil
9 Jul 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Disabled children failed by childcare system at every step, says inquiry
9 Jul 2014 | Europe

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:

7. 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.


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:

July 11, 2014
Affordable Housing and Tenant Rights – New York
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (2 articles)

July 10, 2014
Child Poverty and Parental Relationships
Poverty Definition – India

July 9, 2014
Childbearing Trends
Poverty Areas and Mobility

July 8, 2014
Minimum Wage – Chicago

July 7, 2014
Promise Zones
Income Inequality and the Middle Class


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:

8. 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 July 2014 - CRINmail issue 1385
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Bolivia approves legal guarantees for working children
- Violence against children with disabilities
- Casualties rise as air strikes intensify
- Migration, deportation and accountability
- Problems in state care
- Preventing abuse & discrimination through education
- Children’s freedom of association neglected - UN
- Calls for nominations for Larissa Award
Access to justice for children in Switzerland
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


Subscribe to CRINMAIL English
NOTE : In addition to CRINmail English, you can subscribe to the following newsletters:
* Armed Conflict CRINmail
* Child Rights at the United Nations
* Children in Court CRINmail
* CRINmail Francais
* CRINmail in Arabic
* CRINmail in Russian
* Violence CRINmail


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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Top 10 Worst Jobs

Think your job is bad? Tired of arbitrary deadlines, endless meetings, and pointless performance reviews? Well, before you consider quitting your job, you may want to consider other undesirable occupations. You might discover that your job isn’t so bad after all.

10. De-construction Worker.
While this may seem like a variation of a regular construction job, the difference is that you’re not building something — you’re tearing it down. By the end of the day, deconstruction workers are literally covered dust, chipped paint, and dangerous debris such as glass. Still, while dirty and somewhat dangerous, deconstruction might also be strangely satisfying …

9. Pest Control Worker.
Pest control workers use their knowledge of pests’ biology and habits along with an arsenal of pest management techniques — applying chemicals, setting traps, operating equipment, and even modifying structures — to alleviate pest problems. In short, pest control workers have to think like pests and go where pests go — usually to places that are dark, damp, and dirty. Plus, they get deal with chemicals.

8. Dentist.
Probably not the job most people would expect, but it definitely fits the bill. Dentists spend their days wading around one of the dirtiest cavities in the world — the human mouth — which combines some of the more repugnant features of all of the aforementioned jobs — blood, dirt, bugs, and disease. What’s more, unlike other bad jobs, which require little, if any, formal training, dentists are forced to endure years of schooling and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to even practice their dirty job. Is it any wonder that dentistry boasts the highest rate of suicide of any profession?

7. Hot-Zone Superintendent.
Hot-zone superintendents perform maintenance work for bio-safety labs that study lethal airborne pathogens for which there is no known cure. These pathogens include disease-causing organisms such as anthrax. Given that it is a sterilized lab, the work is not dirty per se. But what it lacks in dirt, it makes up for in worry.

6. Zoo Cleaner.
You’d think working at a zoo would be fun, and it probably is, if you’re the zookeeper. Zoo cleaners, on the other hand, are in charge of the behind-the-scenes work, which means cleaning the zoo as well as the animals, including the lost and forgotten places on their bodies. And remember — not all animals are as fastidious as house cats.

5. Crime-Scene Cleaner.
If not the dirtiest, this is definitely the most mentally disturbing job. crime-scene cleaners wear hazmat suits, respirators, and chemical-spill boots; still, they must have strong stomachs as they brave blood, decomposition, and the loose remains of human bodies once the police have left the scene.

4. Ape Urine Collector.
This job sounds unreal but, sadly, it is not. Ape urine collectors are employed by scientists who need ape urine to study factors that affect their reproduction. The work involves tracking down apes and laying down large plastic sheets or attaching plastic bags to poles in hopes of catching adequate samples to analyze.

3. Roadkill Collector.
Pretty self-explanatory. Roadkill collectors not only have the job of peeling the remains of dead creatures in various states of decay off the road, they also get to do it while braving oncoming traffic.

2. Manure Inspector.
Animal manure is an important natural fertilizer, but first it has to be checked for contaminants like E.coli and salmonella. That’s where manure inspectors come in: not only do they get to search for bacteria that causes bloody diarrhea if ingested, they also get to wade through animal waste. Quite a 1-2 punch.

1. Portable Toilet Cleaner.
You had to know this one was coming. First of all, I have serious reservations about using portable toilets, much less cleaning one. Portable toilet cleaners pick up leftover toilet paper, spray on a de-greasing solution, hose the entire unit down with scalding water, scrub, squeegee, dry, and then finish it off with a deodorizing spray. And yet, even after all of this, I would rather take my chances in the woods.



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