Canadian Social Research Newsletter
June 15, 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 2,701 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. Ontario life through the lens of the single social assistance rate (John Stapleton) - June 10
2. Voter turnout: How low can we go? [Hennessy’s Index for June 2014] (Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - June 1
3. Ontario Provincial Election Night Results - June 12
4. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care National Day of Action on June 16, 2014
5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Study: Receiving care at home, 2012 - June 13
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2013 - June 12
--- Health Indicators, June 2014 - June 12
--- Registered apprenticeship training programs, 2012 - June 11
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2013 - June 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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Pause for reflection...

1. Ontario life through the lens of the single social assistance rate - June 10
(John Stapleton)

No bottom in sight?
Ontario life through the lens of the single social assistance rate
By John Stapleton
June 10, 2014
...the welfare model of benefits has come to an end. Its natural course is over.
The inconvenient problem is that real people are starving – they can’t make ends meet and that the cost of their poverty greatly exceeds the amounts we could easily spend to eradicate it.

How much do we collectively wish to pay to keep people in destitution? It’s an important question. And at what point do we stop cutting? Is there an end point to the erosion? We know that the end point to raising rates was May 1993 and we know that rates have stabilized for the last 10 years. But we don’t know if we have reached bottom.

At the end of June 2014, many people will be meeting in Montreal to talk about a basic income for all.
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Some call it a Guaranteed Annual Income. But can we seriously talk about basic guarantees when we relentlessly erode the income of the poorest one per cent of Ontario’s population, the 150,000+ souls who receive a maximum of $626 a month?

My opinion is that we can talk about it. But we can’t have a conversation about getting people off of welfare because that just leads to destitution. What we really need to do is abandon the welfare model entirely and reframe the discussion entirely. If we ask governments to raise the rates, it won’t happen. But if we all mobilize to change the system to one that enforces prosperity instead of destitution, we have a real chance to succeed.

Vibrant Canada


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

2. Voter turnout: How low can we go? [Hennessy’s Index for June 2014] - June 1
(Trish Hennessy, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Hennessy’s Index: June 2014
Voter turnout: How low can we go?
By Trish Hennessy
June 2014

NOTE : At the end of each statement in each issue of Hennessy's Index, there's a link to the source of that statement.
You won't find any of those links below, though - just click the link above to access the individual sources.


Percentage of voters who cast a ballot in the 2014 Ontario election (unofficial count), up a bit from the province’s 2011 historic low voter turnout of 48%.

Percentage of voters who went to the polls in the Ontario provincial election in 1990 – the election that swept the only New Democratic government to serve in the province. Voter turnout has gone down ever since.

NOTE : Click the link at the top for observations about the decline in voter turnout for each province.
SPOILER : The highest turnout was in the 2011 provincial election in Prince Edward Island, when 76.4% of eligible voters went to their polling stations.
The lowest voter turnout, 52%, was for the
2013 provincial election in British Columbia .

Percent of first-time voters in Canada who are actually voting – half of what first-time voter turnout was a generation ago.

Main reason why Canadians say they didn’t cast a vote in the 2011 federal election: not interested (27.7% gave this response while 22.9% said they were too busy).

Percentage of Canadians who said they didn’t vote in the 2011 federal election because they forgot.


Hennessy's Index
Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world.
- includes links to all earlier indices

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)


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

- Go to the Social Research Organizations (I) in Canada page:

3. Ontario Provincial Election Night Results - June 12

Ontario Provincial Election Night Results

We Make Voting Easy
Unofficial results from the June 12, 2014 General Election
The complete list of unofficial results—including declined, rejected and unmarked ballots—will be published on Wednesday, June 18.

Results by Political Party

Results by Electoral District
--- Ontario Liberal Party : 59 seats (majority)
--- Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario : 27 seats
--- New Democratic Party of Ontario : 21 seats

Elections Ontario


The Liberal plan for Ontario
May 25, 2014
Excerpt (under "Cost of Living"):
Helping Ontario Families with the Cost of Living
We will:
Cap or cut hospital parking fees for those who must visit the hospital frequently
* Complete the roll-out of Full-Day Kindergarten, which saves a family up to $6,500 in child care costs per child per year
* Continue the 30% Off Tuition Grant
* Eliminate the debt retirement charge on residential hydro bills
* Increase the minimum wage to $11 on June 1, 2014 and index it to inflation after that
* Introduce our second five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy
* Increase the Ontario Child Benefit to $1,310, and index it to inflation after that
* Increase support for Children’s Treatment Centres and developmental services

These investments do not incur any additional costs that are not fully accounted for in the 2014 Budget.
If re-elected on June 12, we will move quickly to re-introduce the 2014 Budget.

Ontario Liberal Party


Analysis of Ontario election results
by - June 13, 2014
[Click the link above to access all of the articles below.]

--- Liberals stop Hudak, win majority government
--- The Liberals were lucky -- but so was Ontario
--- A number is never just a number: Voter turnout -- how low can we go?
--- No love lost between newly elected Wynne and PM Harper
--- Charge of the Policy-Light Brigade ended predictably for Andrea Horwath
--- Charge of the Policy-Light Brigade ended predictably for Andrea Horwath
--- Wynne wins 2014 -- As it happened
--- Tim Hudak's math problem is just the tip of the iceberg
--- Doing democracy in Ontario: Voter suppression rears its head again
--- Why I'm voting Liberal for the first time ever (but should vote Green)
--- more...

Ontario Election 2014:
Provincial Parties Offer Starkly Different Approaches to Poverty Reduction
June 10, 2014
The results of a new survey* demonstrate varying levels of commitment to poverty reduction among Ontario’s political parties, say Ontario Campaign 2000 and the 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction. (...) Each of the parties committed to the Poverty Reduction Act in 2009, and it’s notable that two parties would move forward with poverty reduction policies while one party proposes policies that would move Ontario backwards. Nonetheless, people in poverty in Ontario need more.

* Survey results (PDF - 76K, 2 pages)

Ontario Campaign 2000 :
Network for Poverty Reduction :


From the CBC:

Ontario Votes 2014 : June 12, 2014
- election results, analysis and more...
- includes an interactive results map showing total votes and share of total votes for each riding in the province.


True Confession (by Gilles) : Andrea Horwath's rejection of the Liberal Government's 2014-2015 budget triggered the June 12 election.
As a direct result of this action, I didn't have an NDP sign in my front yard during the campaign for the first time in a generation, and I didn't vote NDP on June 12.
My feelings about this "new" NDP are expressed most eloquently in the May 23 letter from 34 long-time party members to Andrea Horwath:

According to the Liberal Plan for Ontario, "If re-elected on June 12, we will move quickly to re-introduce the 2014 Budget."
Here's a link to that budget:

2014 Ontario Budget
May 1, 2014
The 2014 Budget is the Ontario government’s proposed plan for a strong Ontario with more opportunity and a more secure future.

Ontario’s Decade: A 10-year Economic Plan
* A new 10-year jobs fund – to anchor investment and create new jobs
* Transportation and infrastructure – a bold new plan to get goods and people moving
* Provincial pension plan – the first of its kind that would help Ontario families build a more secure retirement future
* Leadership and fairness – to lower energy costs, support our most vulnerable, seek fair federal funding and responsibly
manage the Province’s finances.

The 2014 Budget. Building opportunity, securing our future.


For more resources pertaining to the 2014 Ontario provincial election,
go to the Ontario section of the Provincial-Territorial Elections page:

4. Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care National Day of Action on June 16, 2014

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care
National Day of Action on June 16, 2014
Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care invites you to join us on June 16th for the third National Day of Action.
It is an opportunity to show the Federal Government that Canadians will stand up for the most vulnerable among us.
In April 2012, the federal government announced a series of sweeping changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which provides health insurance for refugees in Canada. Immediately after the decision was announced, doctors and health care workers rallied together to protest the cuts, which they feared would leave a vulnerable population without access to essential health services and would cause chaos for healthcare providers.

On June 16th, 2014, join supporters in events taking place across Canada to mark the National Day of Action for Refugee Care.
( See for more detailed info on events in all participating cities - e.g., In Ottawa, supporters will meet at noon on Parliament Hill – contact: ottrefugeehc(AT) )

List of participating cities:
* Victoria * Vancouver * Calgary * Edmonton * Saskatoon * Winnipeg * Kitchener * Guelph * Hamilton * Toronto * London * Mississauga * Kingston * Ottawa * Montreal * Halifax * St. John’s

For more information and for media inquiries please contact: Christopher Holcroft at chris_holcroft(AT) 416-996-0767

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care [ ] is an incorporated group of non-partisan physicians from across Canada, most of whom treat refugees. The group was formed in the spring of 2012 in response to the federal government’s cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program for refugees.

For more information please visit:


- Go to the Health Links (Canada/International) page:

5. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Study: Receiving care at home, 2012 - June 13
--- Canadian Community Health Survey, 2013 - June 12
--- Health Indicators, June 2014 - June 12
--- Registered apprenticeship training programs, 2012 - June 11
--- Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2013 - June 10

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


June 13, 2014
Study: Receiving care at home, 2012
In 2012, about 2.2 million Canadians with a long-term illness, disability or aging needs had received care in their own home in the last 12 months. This represented 8% of all Canadians aged 15 years or older. A new study using data from the 2012 General Social Survey found that the proportion of Canadians receiving care was similar across the country. The only exceptions were Newfoundland and Labrador, where the proportion was higher at 9%, and Alberta, where it was lower at 5%.

This release is based on the analytical paper Receiving care at home [ ]. The report uses data from the 2012 General Social Survey on Caregiving and Care Receiving to examine Canadians who rely on care in the home, including the reason for care, the types of people providing help and the nature and intensity of care. It also looks at the satisfaction with the care received.

Related subjects:


Health care services

Population and demography

Population aging


Care and social support

June 12, 2014
Canadian Community Health Survey, 2013
New data from the 2013 Canadian Community Health Survey show that roughly one in five youths aged 12 to 17 reported height and weight that classified them as overweight or obese.

June 12, 2014
Health Indicators, June 2014
- includes the following indicators:
* Overweight and obese youth * Overweight and obese adults * High blood pressure * Physical activity * Fruit and vegetable consumption * Heavy drinking * Smoking

Health Fact Sheets (all dated June 12, 2014)
- incl. links to fact sheets on the following topics:
* Smoking, 2013
* Physical activity during leisure time, 2013
* Perceived life stress, 2013
* Perceived health, 2013
* Overweight and obese youth (self-reported), 2013
* Overweight and obese adults (self-reported), 2013
* High blood pressure, 2013
* Heavy drinking, 2013
* Fruit and vegetable consumption, 2013
* Exposure to second-hand smoke at home, 2013
* Diabetes, 2013
* Asthma, 2013
* Arthritis, 2013
* Access to a regular medical doctor, 2013

June 11, 2014
Registered apprenticeship training programs, 2012
Apprenticeship training programs across Canada received 104,280 new registrations and reinstatements in 2012, up 6.8% from 2011. This marked the highest number of new registrations and reinstatements (individuals who were reinstated in 2012 after a year or more of absence) since the beginning of the economic downturn in 2008. Total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada increased 4.3% from 2011 to 444,672 in 2012.

Related subjects:

Education, training and learning

Adult education and training


Job training and educational attainment

June 10, 2014
Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds), fourth quarter 2013
The market value of Canadian employer-sponsored pension funds totalled $1.3 trillion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, up 5.8% from the third quarter. Pension fund investments in stocks grew 9.4% in the fourth quarter, surpassing the 6.4% gain in the value of shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the same period. The value of bond holdings increased 3.6%, while investments in real estate assets grew 3.3%.

- includes two tables:
* Trusteed pension funds: Market value of assets by type
* Trusteed pension funds: Revenue and expenditures

Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth

Pension plans and funds and other retirement income programs


Non-wage benefits


Income, pensions and wealth

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):

June 15, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

The big split: Income splitting's unequal distribution of benefits across Canada
11 Jun 2014 | Canada
Report from the Broadbent Institute concludes that, "in line with other studies that show the Conservatives' income-splitting policy overwhelmingly favours certain high-income traditional families, this report finds that nine out of 10 Canadian households (families with and without children and those living alone) would receive no benefit at all from the proposed tax policy. Under 1% of all households would be eligible for a benefit in excess of $5,000".

Early childhood education and child care in the 2014 Ontario election
20 May 2014 | Ontario
Updated! New analyses from Campaign 2000 and from People for Education look at the parties commitments to poverty reduction and to Ontario's public education system. Election day is Thursday, June 12 2014.

Research, evidence and policy: Mobilizing knowledge
11 Jun 2014 | Canada
Deadline for submission of papers is coming up on June 15th 2014 for the one-day early childhood education and child care policy research conference, organized to capitalize on the fourth national child care policy conference "ChildCare2020: From vision to action".

Immigrant parents and early childhood programs: Addressing barriers of literacy, culture, and systems knowledge
11 Jun 2014 | United States
Report from the Migration Policy Institute (US) identifies trends and issues for immigrant families accessing ECEC services and makes recommendations on how to improve the quality of family engagement programming.

Access to high quality early care and education: Readiness and opportunity gaps in America
4 Jun 2014 | United States
Policy report from the Center on Enhancing Education Outcomes and the National Institute of Early Education Research argues that "targeting is not as effective in reaching disadvantaged populations as policymakers naively assume."

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

Child-care advocates give Hudak failing grade for platform
11 Jun 2014 | Ontario

Burnaby parents cautioned against unlicensed, unregistered child care during walkout
11 Jun 2014 | British Columbia

Daycare price jump shocks parents
11 Jun 2014 | Ontario

Feds cut program funding
10 Jun 2014 | Saskatchewan

Not enough child care spaces to meet demand
10 Jun 2014 | Newfoundland

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.

(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:

June 13, 2014
No Poverty Dispatch today.

June 12, 2014
Chronic Homelessness
Economic Recovery
Child Poverty

June 11, 2014
U.S. Wealth Inequality
Infant Mortality – Detroit
Budget Cuts – Michigan
Inequality and Opportunity

June 10, 2014
Student Loan Debt Relief
College Attendance

June 9, 2014
Homelessness – New York City
Medicaid Expansion (2 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:

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):

11 June 2014 - CRINmail issue 1381
In this issue:
Children's rights in Brazil ahead of the World Cup
Latest news and reports
Children's access to justice in Paraguay
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
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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Ten Eye-Opening Facts About Sleep

1. Humans spend a third of their life sleeping (25 years or more).

2. Humans can survive longer without food than they can without sleep.

3. During the first two years of a baby’s life, new parents will miss six months of sleep on average.e
(Comment : no wonder new parents are crabby as old Hell...)

4. Giraffes sleep just 1.9 hours a day while koalas sleep up to 22 hours a day

5. Giraffes sleep only 1.9 hours a day in five- to 10-minute sessions. Koalas, however, are the longest-sleeping mammals, sleeping up to 22 hours a day.

6. Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

7. Only one half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time. Dolphins are capable of what is known as unihemispheric sleep, in which one hemisphere of the brain goes into a deep sleep while the other hemisphere remains awake.

8. Sleep is a universal characteristic of complex living organisms and has been observed in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, birds, and mammals.

9. There are at least 84 identified sleep/wake disorders.

10. The invention of the lightbulb affected human sleep patterns. The average amount of time people sleep has dropped from nine hours in the pre-lightbulb era to seven-and-a-half hours today.

[Click the link for 50 more facts about sleep)


Soccer for Dummies


45 Classic Rock Facts That Will Completely Blow Your Mind
Sample facts:
* Elton John’s real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight.
* The Beatles’ White Album was originally titled A Doll’s House.
* The Eagles started out as the backup band for Linda Ronstadt.
* Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but wrote zero of them.


'Dear Kitten,' A Domestic Primer From One Cat To Another (video, duration 2:57)


1,000 People Each Eating A Ghost Chili Simultaneously
Grossness Alert:
Don't click this link if you find a little vomit gross.
OK, a *lot* of vomit.
I wouldn't even post the link if it weren't such an effective public service announcement to warn people against the perils of consuming the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper).
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