Canadian Social Research Newsletter
July 20, 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.

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

Today in History:

On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

We've sure come a long way since then as a global community, eh?


Canadian content

1. Social Assistance Rates Update : Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program and the Ontario Child Benefit (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre) - July 17
2. Media and Policy News for 16 July + Ontario 2014 Budget analysis (By Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Seven reasons why disabled Canadians are losing CPP benefits (Michael Prince in The Globe and Mail) - July 16
4. 2014 Ontario Budget (Ministry of Finance) - July 14
5. What's wrong with Ontario Works
(By Mike Bryck, CUPE Local 2544) - July 13
6. Yukon Government Balks at Using Federal Housing Dollars (Nick Falvo) - July 15
7. Can (Ontario Premier) Kathleen Wynne change the conversation on poverty?
(Leilani Farha in the Toronto Star) - July 12
8. The Real Cost of Payday Lending ( - June 2014
9. Directory of Development Organizations : CANADA + International
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Consumer Price Index, June 2014 - July 18
--- Study: Ninety years of change in life expectancy, 1921 to 2011 - July 17
--- Study: The ups and downs of minimum wage, 1975 to 2013 - July 16
--- StatCan Blog, July 2014 : StatCan Calling - July 16
--- New Brunswick Wage Rate Survey, 2013/2014 - July 16

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

International content

12. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
13. [International] Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) NewsFlash - July-August 2014 - July 13
14. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

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Pause for reflection...

1. Social Assistance Rates Update : Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program and the Ontario Child Benefit - July 17
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Social Assistance Rates Update (eff. July/August 2014)
Ontario Works (OW) & Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the Ontario Child Benefit (OCB)
The Income Security Advocacy Centre has prepared a new rates sheet that shows changes in OW and ODSP rates and OCB.
The new rates will be in effect between July / August 2014 and Sept / Oct 2014.


Rates Sheet : OW & ODSP Rates and OCB amounts
as of July / August 2014
(Microsoft Word file - 99K, 2 pages)

Version française du barème en vigueur en juillet et en août 2014 (fichier Word)

Social Assistance Review

The SA Review website is an initiative of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (O-Z) page:

- Go to the Ontario Government Links page:

- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:

2. Media and Policy News for 16 July
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 16 July 2014

Click the link above to access any article below.

Top Stories

Star op-ed by Leilani Farha: Poverty is “a structural issue, which cannot be solved by individuals alone, but also requires substantive government involvement, resources, vision and leadership.”
Star editorial: Wynne’s pledge to tackle poverty needs fleshing out
John Cartwright, on other ways to reduce poverty – reducing the number of people earning poverty wages
Generating additional revenue and big movement on poverty reduction might be possible under Wynne
Canadians for Tax Fairness on how Budget 2014 makes the tax system fairer

Budget Responses & Coverage
[NOTE : Keep scrolling down the page you're now reading for more links to Ontario Budget 2014 resources.]

OFL welcomes the Budget but rejects privatization and cuts
25in5 says Budget invests in fairness and builds momentum for the upcoming second Poverty Reduction Strategy
Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries says the 2014 Budget doesn’t do enough for people living in poverty
ISAC repeats Budget analysis but adds comment on increased funding for ODSP medical reviews
More on medical reviews
Criminal Lawyers Association applauds more funding for Legal Aid
Globe editorial on the 2014 Budget as an austerity budget


Walkom: Wynne should choose growth over austerity
PCs appoint new critics
Bill Walker for Ministry of Community and Social Services

Around the Province

Advocates push back against targeting the poor in downtown Hamilton
Health – and its relationship to wealth – in Ottawa
Toronto WheelTrans drivers strike over reduced pay
Toronto Council votes to study discount fare for low-income riders
Two men die at Toronto’s Seaton House shelter
Report from Bridges Community Health Centre gives recommendation for action on dental coverage
Study shows poverty among urban Aboriginal people in Hamilton in a major barrier to good health
Older women in St. Catherines facing life on social assistance
Poverty in Muskoka, and one woman’s success story
New services to help low-income families separate will be a big help in northwestern Ontario
Coupons for farmers markets available to low-income seniors in Ontario County

Across the Country

PEI’s Finance Minister has abandoned Ontario’s pension push and refocuses on Ottawa
TD says the jobs picture everywhere east of Manitoba will remain bleak
Opposition Private Members Bill to create a Poverty Reduction Strategy for BC needs all-party support


Appeals on denials of federal disability benefits are increasingly unsuccessful
The federal government is moving to direct deposit for ALL federal payments

John Stapleton comments on direct deposits in this article
But the feds are also considering pre-paid cards for those who don’t sign up
Ottawa’s overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker program ignores abuse of migrant workers
And Temporary Foreign Worker program changes could penalize workers
Who do the changes really help?
Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it’s not the TFW program that’s the problem – it’s Employment Insurance paying people not to work
More coverage
CFIB gets in on the action
Food banks in Canada are vital but could work better
Press Progress’ take on the OECD’s income inequality warning for Canada


23.1% of Americans – the highest percentage ever – are now receiving welfare program benefits.
A simplified way to tax multinational corporation
Both red and blue states in the USA agree on taxing corporations more
The European Central Bank finds that the 1% are even richer than we though


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):


Also from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):

Budget 2014 - Update
Budget Re-introduced: More Comment Required
July 15, 2014
The new Ontario government re-introduced the 2014 provincial Budget yesterday – the same Budget that was originally introduced on May 1. The Budget includes a social assistance rate increase, with proportionally more going to singles on OW and a continuation on the freeze on rates for the family members of people with disabilities on ODSP. It also includes a new Remote Communities Allowance that replaces and is higher than the Northern Allowance, and consolidation of seven OW and ODSP employment-related benefits. As well, it includes an additional $42 million in annual funding for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program, and a number of investments in other poverty-related areas. But there’s one additional issue that requires comment. The 2014 Budget also includes new money to hire additional Disability Adjudication Unit staff to increase the number of medical reviews for people on ODSP.
[Click the link above to read how additional adjudication staff "will mean a lot more stress for people with disabilities."]

ISAC's original response to the Budget (May 1, 2014)

Response from Ontario Campaign 2000
(Link to media release not working on July 16)

Response from the 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction
July 14, 2014


More information about medical reviews on the
website of the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS)


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

- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

3. Seven reasons why disabled Canadians are losing CPP benefits - July 16
(Michael Prince in The Globe and Mail)

Seven reasons why disabled Canadians are losing CPP benefits
By Michael Prince
July 16, 2014
There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability pension benefit.
The seven problems are as follows:
* First, about 60 per cent of initial applications for CPP disability benefits are refused.
* Second, the rate of successful appeals against initial rulings on CPP disability benefits has been declining over the last decade, to just 43 per cent in 2013-14.
* Third, there is a “backlog” of more than 7,000 appeals on denials of CPP disability benefits to be heard by the Social Security Tribunal, a body established in 2013 to streamline the previous system.
* Fourth, working Canadians with disabilities who apply for CPP benefits have lost certain legal rights and had other rights confined.
* Fifth, in the Social Security Tribunal system, every application to the Tribunal is heard before a single member, whereas under the previous system every application for an appeal was heard by a three member panel which usually contained a medical specialist and a lawyer along with a lay person.
* Sixth, under the previous system new evidence could be introduced by a claimant at the second level of appeal, while under the Social Security Tribunal no new evidence or testimony can be presented before the Tribunal’s Appeal Division, following a decision by the Tribunal’s General Division.
* Seventh, the federal government’s stated aim is to move to more electronic technologies for handling CPP disability cases, but nothing in the legislation or the regulations for the Social Security Tribunal requires that teleconferences or videoconferences be accessible to people with a range of impairments or health conditions.

The consequences of these seven problems are extremely distressing: diminished rights of working Canadians with disabilities; compromised rules of natural justice; lost expertise in decision making and an under-resourced Tribunal.

41 comments about this article

[ Michael J. Prince is the Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy at the University of Victoria, and has written extensively on disability policy. ]

The Globe and Mail


- Go to the Disability Links page:

- Go to the Pension Reforms Links page:

4. 2014 Ontario Budget - July 14
(Ministry of Finance)

Ontario Budget 2014
July 14, 2014
Main budget page, includes links to all budget documents (including some that appear below)


Building Ontario Up Today For A Brighter, Stronger Tomorrow:
2014 Ontario Budget Moves Forward With Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement, While Balancing the Budget by 2017–18
News Release
July 14, 2014
- includes detailed Budget highlights


Budget Speech


Detailed (hyperlinked) Table of Contents for the 2014 Budget

Excerpt (re. Social Assistance Review):

Progress on Implementing Recommendations of the
Lankin-Sheikh Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario:

With the initial steps taken in the 2013 Budget and the proposed changes for 2014, the government continues to transform the social assistance system by increasing benefits for recipients with the lowest level of support, harmonizing program rules and reducing barriers to employment.Progress on transforming the social assistance benefit structure in the first two years includes:Increasing the support for single Ontario Works recipients without children by $50 per month — an important step in meeting the Commission’s recommendation of a $100 rate increase for Ontario Works single adults without children, who experience the lowest level of support in social assistance;
Introducing an earnings exemption of $200 monthly to reduce employment barriers for all social assistance recipients; and
Taking steps to align Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works rules by harmonizing the treatment of employment income for full-time students and self-employed individuals, and by increasing asset limits for singles receiving Ontario Works from $606 to $2,500, and from $1,043 to $5,000 for couples.
Moving forward, the government will continue to reform social assistance guided by the Commission’s advice.

NOTE: For social assistance improvements, see Chapter I, Section D:

On the 2014 Budget home page [ ], you'll find links (in the left-hand margin) to the following:
* About Ontario's Fiscal Cycle * Ontario Budget * Expenditure Estimates * Quarterly Finances * Public Accounts * Fall Economic Statement * Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund * Pre-Budget Consultations

Ontario Ministry of Finance


Related links:

Ontario Budget 2014: Liberals Steamroll Ahead With Big-Spending Plan
July 14, 2014
Canadian Press


Ontario Liberal government tables ‘déjà vu' budget
July 14, 2014
Toronto Star


Ontario Liberals reintroduce their budget
Finance Minister Charles Sousa gives nod to budget déjà vu at start of speech
July 14, 2014
CBC News


- Go to the 2014 Canadian Government Budgets Links page:

5. What's wrong with Ontario Works - July 13
(By Mike Bryck, CUPE Local 2544)

What's wrong with Ontario Works
By Mike Bryck
July 13, 2014
...this is an inside opinion on what needs to change if our province is to attempt to eliminate poverty its my opinion and mine alone.
First off Ontario Works (OW) is a misnomer. The first line in the act states that is an “employment focused short term financial support program” In four years I have seen lots of attempts at the employment portion but to say the program is employment focused is just false more staff are devoted to financial eligibility and to compliance than are to employment and the province continues to attempt to push the employment portion out the door to outside agencies harming the service clients get.
OW is not short term.
OW ignores the working poor.
The rates are wrong. Harris cut them on the premise that if you make assistance uncomfortable people will get off of it…. this premise is absolutely nuts. Our rates need to be hiked at least 55% NOW; the current rates do not encourage fraud - they make it a requirement of life.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2544


Comment by Gilles:

Since September 2003, the Canadian Union of Public Employees has allowed me to use their mailing list program to manage the list of to the Canadian Social Research Newsletter and to disseminate the newsletter to those subscribers each week. I wish to thank CUPE for its unwavering support of my work, AND to state that while I am beholding to CUPE, the union has *never* attempted to influence the content of my website and newsletter. All opinions expressed on the site and in the newsletter are mine and mine alone (except, of course, when I'm quoting or paraphrasing someone).


- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:

6. Yukon Government Balks at Using Federal Housing Dollars- July 15

Yukon Government Balks at Using Federal Housing Dollars
July 15, 2014
By Nick Falvo
Nick asks why the Yukon Government is leaving federal housing money on the table when 16% of Yukon households are in need of affordable housing.
The Yukon Government recently announced that it will not proceed with a plan to disburse $11.7 million in federal housing dollars to for-profit developers, which would have helped build approximately 100 new rental housing units in Whitehorse. In justifying the surprise decision, the Pasloski government used the pretext that proceeding with the plan would be unfair to other for-profit developers struggling to develop housing without the help of government funding.

Here are 10 things to know about this situation:
(Click the link above to read the complete posting.)
1. Historically in Canada, very little affordable housing - that is, housing that very low-income households can afford - has been built without federal funding.
2. Since roughly the 1980s, for-profit developers across Canada have generally not found it lucrative to develop rental housing.
3. Once upon a time, a Yukon Member of Parliament had a major role in recommending that the federal government terminate financial assistance to for-profit developers.
4. The federal funding that is currently being discussed (i.e. the $11.7 million) was born out of a ‘budget deal’ made between Paul Martin and Jack Layton.
5. A lot of people in Yukon lack affordable housing.
6. Federal funding for social housing in the Yukon is declining.
7. When the Yukon Housing Corporation (as opposed to a for-profit firm) develops housing, the key difference is that now a non-profit entity owns and operates the housing.
8. The Harper government may try to use this recent decision as a political football.
9. One sensible way forward would be to build the units and ‘stack’ some of them with rent supplements.
10. If no for-profit developer is willing to build units on condition that one-third of them be ‘stacked’ with rent supplements, the Yukon Housing Corporation could always develop the units itself.


Nick Falvo is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. In 2012, under the supervision of Dr. Frances Abele, Nick wrote a policy report on poverty in the Yukon which can be found here :

Northern Public Affairs
Northern Public Affairs is a new public policy magazine for Northern Canada. Our mandate is to create space for informed policy debate on the topics most relevant to Northerners. Published three times a year, Northern Public Affairs features policy-relevant articles written by, and for, our audience of academics, commentators, current and former politicians, business leaders, public servants and engaged northerners.


- Go to the Yukon Links page:

7. Can (Ontario Premier) Kathleen Wynne change the conversation on poverty? - July 12
(Leilani Farha in the Toronto Star)

Can Kathleen Wynne change the conversation on poverty?
The premier has said refreshingly bold things about the role of government in fighting poverty. Will she make good on her promises? In her recent throne speech, Kathleen Wynne said that "government should be a force for good in people’s lives and it should be active where it is appropriate.”
By Leilani Farha
July 12, 2014
These are tough times in Ontario.
Once an economic giant, Ontario now has one of the largest debt-loads of any sub-national government in the world. And on a day-to-day basis for many, Ontario is a province in crisis.
In her throne speech, Wynne promised a poverty reduction strategy. If she is serious about this, she must look at the wise and concrete recommendations of the United Nations human rights system. Specifically, the UN calls on governments in Canada to strive to eliminate poverty by developing and implementing a plan in consultation with poor people, and including measurable goals and timelines, accountability mechanisms and a means by which poor people can claim their rights such as courts, tribunals, parliamentary proceedings, local councils or ombudsmen.
Wynne once said she wanted to be remembered as the “social justice premier.”
This is her chance.

[The author of this article, Leilani Farha, is the Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty.]

The Toronto Star

Related links:

Canada Without Poverty
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada. [formerly known as the National Anti-Poverty Organization]

Ontario Throne Speech Details


- Go to the Ontario Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page:

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:

8. The Real Cost of Payday Lending - June 2014

Tougher action sought on 'predatory' payday lenders
By Jason Van Rassel
July 14, 2014
With provincial regulations governing payday lenders due to expire in 2016, a Calgary social services agency is urging the government to further restrict what it calls a "predatory" industry.

Calgary Herald



The Real Cost of Payday Lending (PDF - 256K, 10 pages)
June 2014
Since the early 1990s payday lending businesses have become increasingly prolific in most parts of Canada, including Calgary. The payday loan
industry claims that they provide a needed service at a reasonable cost and do not target those living on low incomes or push customers for repeat business. Social agencies and advocates working to reduce poverty view payday lenders and other fringe financial businesses as problematic for those looking to exit the cycle of poverty. Payday lenders charge interest rates that, when annualized, top 400% .
A wide range of options exist that can help solve the cycle of poverty exacerbated by fringe financial businesses, including payday lenders. There is no question that payday lenders perpetuate the cycle of poverty - statistics illustrate this. For every new customer who takes out a loan, the lender gives out loans to repeat customers. 55% of those who take out a payday loan do so to pay for necessities.



Canadian Payday Loan Association
The Canadian Payday Loan Association (CPLA) represents the majority of licensed payday lenders in Canada. CPLA works to ensure payday loan companies hold themselves to a higher standard of responsible service and to help customers make informed financial decisions .


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

9. Directory of Development Organizations : CANADA + International

Directory of Development Organizations : CANADA (PDF - 1.4MB, 60 pages)
2011 Edition
Guide to international organizations, governments, private sector development agencies, finance institutions, training and research centres, civil society organizations, development consulting firms, information providers, and grantmakers.
- includes links to each organization in the list

1. The complete directory has been divided into 6 geographical sections: Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. [ ]
2. You'll find the Canada file above in Volume V of the complete directory : North America [ ] .
3, Clicking the link in the previous line will take you to the directory page where the Canada file is located, as well as one PDF file for the United States and one that contains both Canadian and U.S. organizations.
4. Canadian Social Research Links made the list! (p.10)

Directory of Development Organizations
- 70,000+ development organizations dedicated to good governance, sustainable development and poverty reduction.
This page contains some methodological notes, including the following:
"This cutting-edge publication -- Eleventh Edition -- will give you hundreds (thousands) of useful sites where you can find the statistics, reports, regulations, best practices and other key information you need...when you need it. This time-saving tool includes a country finder index and annotates each organization by category, so you'll know from the start whether an organization is worth visiting. Its Internet resources will point you in the direction of the best development resources available in each country on the World Wide Web today."


Version française du site:

Versión en español del directorio:


- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

10. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Consumer Price Index, June 2014 - July 18
--- Study: Ninety years of change in life expectancy, 1921 to 2011 - July 17
--- Study: The ups and downs of minimum wage, 1975 to 2013
- July 16
--- StatCan Blog, July 2014 : StatCan Calling
- July 16
--- New Brunswick Wage Rate Survey, 2013/2014
- July 16

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily

[Statistics Canada ]


July 18, 2014
Consumer Price Index, June 2014
Consumer prices rose 2.4% in the 12 months to June, following a 2.3% increase in May. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% in June, after rising 0.2% in May.

Consumer prices at a glance

July 17, 2014
Study: Ninety years of change in life expectancy, 1921 to 2011
In 2011, Canadians lived an average of 81.7 years, an increase of almost 25 years since 1921.Dividing the study timeframe into 30-year periods shows that the gains in life expectancy are slowing down.

StatCan Note to readers:
This release presents data from the Vital Statistics – Death Database [ ], which collects demographic and cause of death information annually from all provincial and territorial vital statistics registries on all deaths in Canada.

It also presents data from the Canadian Mortality Database (CMDB), which is based on the Canadian Vital Statistics – Death Database:
[ ]

Health at a Glance

July 16, 2014
Study: The ups and downs of minimum wage, 1975 to 2013
In 2013, the average minimum wage in Canada was $10.14 per hour. The 1975 minimum wage translated into 2013 dollars was almost identical at $10.13.

Related subjects:

Income, pensions, spending and wealth


Hours of work and work arrangements

Wages, salaries and other earnings


- Go to the Minimum Wage / Living Wage Links page:

July 16, 2014
StatCan Blog, July 2014 : StatCan Calling
The July edition of the StatCan Blog examines the role of interviewers and the challenges they encounter as they reach out to Canadians and invite them to share both their time and information. Success is paramount, as a low response rate from Canadians can be detrimental to the quality of the data gathered.

July 16, 2014
New Brunswick Wage Rate Survey, 2013/2014
There were large variations in wages across occupations in New Brunswick in 2013/2014. Of the occupations surveyed, the ones with the highest average hourly wage included dentists ($69.94), university professors and lecturers ($53.32) and pharmacists ($47.40).

The lowest paying occupations surveyed had hourly average wages below $13. These were home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations ($12.52); chefs ($12.67); estheticians, electrologists and related occupations ($12.67); as well as family, marriage and other related counsellors ($12.95).

Related subjects:


Hours of work and work arrangements

Wages, salaries and other earnings


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:

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

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

July 20, 2014
What's new online this week:

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

The G20 and gender equality: How the G20 can advance women's rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies
16 Jul 2014 | International
New report from Oxfam calls on the G20 to assess its agenda and act on its commitments to women’s rights and gender equality. Oxfam reports that Canada's progress on gender equality has slowed to a halt and notes that "a key issue affecting women's participation is the absence of a national child care system".

Draft 2015-2018 capital plan
16 Jul 2014 | British Columbia
City of Vancouver's draft capital plan includes $30 million for child care, with a target of 1000 new spaces. Child care was named as one of the top 3 priority areas though public consultations.

Child Care Modernization Act reintroduced as Bill 10
16 Jul 2014 | Ontario
The government of Ontario has reintroduced the Child Care Modernization Act and revised the preamble to state that, "meeting the early learning and child care needs of families requires collaboration and partnership across all levels of government. The Government of Canada needs to play a key role in supporting greater access to quality child care and early years services in Ontario."

Early years: Valuable ends and effective means
16 Jul 2014 | Europe
Report from the UK economic thinktank Centre Forum brings together contributors from academic and community organizations. The authors argue that despite a "rapid expansion of policy interventions", UK's ECEC still suffers from a "complex and confusing policy landscape".

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."

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

Social advocates eye higher taxes down the road
16 Jul 2014 | Ontario

Why government must invest in early childhood education
16 Jul 2014 | Canada

Childcare experts slam plan to restrict funding for vulnerable children
16 Jul 2014 | Australia and New Zealand

Guelph YMCA expands extended-day child care
16 Jul 2014 | Ontario

Local hopes Victoria rally will inspire
16 Jul 2014 | British Columbia

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:

12. 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 18, 2014
Libraries and Homelessness
Global Food Production

July 17, 2014
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Coverage
City Laws and the Homeless

July 16, 2014
Child Care Subsidies – North Carolina
Concentrated Poverty – Oregon
Part-Time Work (3 articles)

July 14, 15
No Poverty Dispatch

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:

13. [International] Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) NewsFlash - July-August 2014 - July 13

[Basic income = Guaranteed Annual Income]

Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) NewsFlash : July-August 2014

Edited by Karl Widerquist
July 13, 2014


1. Editorials:
- Report from the 15th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network
- Open Letter To All Candidates For The European Parliament
2. News about Basic Income from around the world
3. Events
4. BI Literature
5. Audio-video
6. New links
7. About the Basic Income Earth Network and its NewsFlash

TIP: This newsletter contains nearly 200 links to related websites, reports and studies!
Recommended reading...

BIEN NewsFlash
BIEN NewsFlash is the newsletter of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)
This NewsFlash goes out to more than 2,000 subscribers four times a year.
- incl. earlier issues of the newsletter back to January 2000

Subscribe to NewsFlash:

Basic Income News provided
by BIEN and its affiliates
- incl. links to :

Karl Widerquist (co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network)

Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)
The Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) was founded in 1986 as the Basic Income European Network. It expanded its scope from European to the Earth in 2004. It is an international network that serves as a link between individuals and groups committed to or interested in basic income, and fosters informed discussion of the topic throughout the world. To that end it organizes Congresses every two years, and publishes a free email NewsFlash [see below] every two months and it helps support the journal Basic Income Studies.
- includes links to : * About BIEN * About Basic Income * NewsFlash * Congresses * Papers and Resources * Membership * Links * Contact


Related links:

Basic Income Canada Network

The BIG Push Campaign

Intro to the Basic Income concept (from Reddit)


- Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:

14. 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):

16 July 2014 - CRINmail issue 1386
In this issue:
The CRIN World Cup 2014
News in Brief
Access to justice for children in Guyana
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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Plantain - NOT your average weed!
Plantain is almost a panacea for the human body, treating everything from all menstrual difficulties, all digestive issues, to nearly all skin complaints, and even arthritis. Add to salads, chew to ease thirst, or enjoy in stir fries. This versatile wild vegetable will keep you in good health for years to come!


When You’re In A Good Relationship, You Learn These 10 Things


The Scout Report:

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Internet Archive: Computers & Technology
This particular corner of the Internet Archive [ ] brings together a variety of videos about computing and technology, paying special attention to two television programs from the 1980s and 1990s: Computer Chronicles and Net Cafe. Computer Chronicles was hosted by Stewart Cheifet and it was produced from 1983 to 2002. Visitors can watch many of these episodes and might start by looking at a profile of Bill Gates from 1998 and a rather interesting show on the possibilities of virtual reality. Visitors can also look over the rather cool Staff Picks area where they can watch shows on the Commodore 64 and MIDI Music. Net Cafe was produced from 1996 to 2002 and visitors can watch archived episodes of it as well.

Deeplinks: Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [ ] has crafted this great resource for people interested in the world of online rights and privacy matters. A quick glance through the site will reveal a range of key commentaries on issues of copyright, moral privacy rights, and government intervention. Visitors can scroll through recent posts and then look over some of their additional projects, which include Bloggers' Rights, and HTTPS Everywhere. Also, visitors can offer comment and search posts by keywords, such as "International,” "Copyright,” and "Free Speech.” It's an exciting new project and one that will be of great interest to policy aficionados and others. [KMG]

Fetch Text
Looking for a new way to share articles in your emails? Fetch Text can lend a hand. By simply forwarding a link to the email address provided on the site, visitors will receive a response email of just the main text pulled from the link. It’s easy to use and is compatible with all operating systems.


10 Signs You Were Born In The 1950s
(Gilles' favourite : the Five-And-Dime store!


Top 10 unhealthiest items at McDonald’s
Top Three of the Top Ten:
* Strawberry Triple Thick Shake, 32 oz. (1110 calories)
* Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (regular-size biscuit: 1090 calories, large-size biscuit: 1150 calories)
* Chocolate Triple Thick Shake, 32 oz. (1160 cals).