Canadian Social Research Newsletter
April 28, 2013

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 2,635 subscribers.

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Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes, a disclaimer
and other stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with social policy...
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IN THIS ISSUE OF THE
CANADIAN SOCIAL RESEARCH NEWSLETTER:

Canadian content

1. It’s time to end the erosion of public assistance in Ontario (John Stapleton in the Toronto Star) - April 26
2. March and April 2013 issues of JUSTICenews (Citizens for Public Justice)
3. Canada's Second Universal Periodic Review 2013 : April 26, 2013 (United Nations Human Rights Council
and Canadian Heritage)
4. Finance Committee commences income inequality study, but whose interests do they have in mind? (Citizens for Public Justice) - April 25
5. Media and Policy News for April 23, 24 (by Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
6. Ontario budget to be tabled May 2
(CityNews) - April 22
7. British Columbia 2013 Election : May 14, 2013
8. Tory Senator Hugh Segal says time is right for ‘minister for poverty reduction’ (Canada.com) - April 24
9. Employment Insurance : Ten Changes in 2012–2013 (Parliamentary Information and Research Service) - January 23
10. The Parliamentary Information and Research Service : What you'll find there.
11.
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2013 - April 25
--- Payment patterns of child and spousal support - April 24
--- Data Inventory Project, 2012 - April 22
12. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
14. [ United Kingdom] Benefit changes: Who will be affected? (BBC) - April 25
15. CRINMAIL (weekly children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

Gilles
[ http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/personal.htm ]
[ gilseg@rogers.com ]

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1. It’s time to end the erosion of public assistance in Ontario - April 26
(John Stapleton in the Toronto Star
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It’s time to end the erosion of public assistance in Ontario:
Welfare has eroded to the point that it would take a 56-per-cent rate increase to bring the single rate back to where it was in 1993.
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/04/26/its_time_to_end_the_erosion_of_public_assistance_in_ontario.html
By John Stapleton
April 26, 2013

We had three prime ministers, including our first woman leader in Kim Campbell. Bob Rae was premier. The Blue Jays won the World Series. Bill Clinton became president of the United States. The North American Free Trade Agreement was ratified and Jurassic Park was box office gold. The year was 1993 and it marks another milestone — something few will remember. It was the last time social assistance in Ontario increased in real (inflation-adjusted) terms.
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It is safe to say that the post-recession round of social assistance [caseload] increases is largely at an end. Despite stubbornly high unemployment, many key bellwethers peaked in March and May 2012 and ODSP experienced its first decline in over 150 months in December 2012. But although we have the post-recession increases behind us, the same is not true for either hardship or poverty. Social assistance reform is urgently required but at least we don’t face the spectre of “retooling during peak production.”
We can now hope that Ontario’s May 2 budget will take the opportunity to get on with the unfinished business of real social assistance reform.

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John Stapleton, an Innovations Fellow at the Metcalf Foundation, worked for the Ontario government for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations and was research director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults in Toronto.

Visit John 's website at
http://openpolicyontario.com/

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

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- Go to the Ontario Social Assistance Review Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/on_sa_review.htm

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/onbkmrk3.htm

2. March and April 2013 issues of JUSTICenews (Citizens for Public Justice)

From
Citizens for Public Justice:

JUSTICenews
April 2013 Newsletter

http://goo.gl/G5un4
In This Issue:
* Income Inequality report now online
* Great Revenue Robbery launched as tax havens scandal breaks
* Proud to Protect Refugees a success!
* "Reaching for Right Relationships": Alberta events and AGM coming soon
* "Bridging the Secular Divide" coming soon
* Dignity for All asks B.C. leaders to tackle poverty
* New: Poverty at Your Doorstep city reports
* CPJ in community events

JUSTICenews
March 2013 Newsletter

http://goo.gl/LnQCo
In This Issue:
*
Whom does the 2013 budget serve?
* New: Proud to Protect Refugees campaign
* Living Eco-Justice book in the works
* May conference on religious discourse and secular society
* 50th Anniversary: first event a success!
* Book launch: The Great Revenue Robbery
* Recent Web features
CPJ in the community

Earlier issues of JUSTICenews:
http://goo.gl/TMPte
- back to Sept. 2012

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice

http://www.cpj.ca/
We are a faithful response to God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ngobkmrk.htm

3. Canada's Second Universal Periodic Review 2013 : April 26, 2013
(United Nations
Human Rights Council and Canadian Heritage)

UN vetting Canada’s human rights record
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/04/24/un-vetting-canadas-human-rights-record/
By Michelle Zilio
Apr 24, 2013
As the United Nations prepares to review Canada’s human rights record Friday in Geneva, Canadian human rights advocates are calling for an overhaul of the government’s framework for implementing its international human rights obligations.

The UN Human Rights Council [ http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx ] will examine Canada as a part of its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and make recommendations as to how Canada can improve its record. Country reviews are carried out by the council every four-and-a-half years. This is the second time Canada’s record has been reviewed — the first time was in 2009.
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The UPR will consider written input from three sources: a report from the country under review, a compilation of recent recommendations from UN human rights treaty bodies and special rapporteurs, and a summary provided by human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Following the review, a report will be prepared that provides recommendations made by council. Canada will have until September to notify the UN of which recommendations it is prepared to accept.

Source:
iPolitics

http://www.ipolitics.ca/

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From
Canadian Heritage:

Canada's Second Universal Periodic Review : April 26, 2013
http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pdp-hrp/inter/upr-eng.cfm
Canada will appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group on April 26, 2013, for its second UPR. Canada’s Second Report under the UPR has been submitted to the Human Rights Council in preparation for its appearance. A major focus of Canada’s report is on measures that relate to the recommendations and voluntary commitments Canada accepted during its first UPR in 2009. The report was prepared in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial government officials.
NOTE : Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to documents from Canada's First UPR (February 3, 2009), including Canada's First Report, the UN Working Group's report in response to the Canadian government report, Canada's response to the Working Group's reponse (Whew!) and more....

Canada’s Second Report under the Universal Periodic Review 2013
HTML version :
http://www.international.gc.ca/genev/mission/Periodic_Review_Second_Report_2013.aspx
PDF version (332K, 23 pages) : http://www.upr-info.org/IMG/pdf/a_hrc_wg.6_16_can_1_canada_e.pdf
This is the report that was submitted by Canada to the UN Human Rights Council in February of 2013 in advance of Canada's appearance before the UPR Working Group on April 26.

Table of Contents:
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Introduction
* Methodology and consultation process
* Achievements, best practices, challenges and constraints
--- Enhancing awareness of human rights and implementation mechanisms
--- Aboriginal peoples
--- Protecting women and children from violence
--- Poverty and homelessness
--- Freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly
--- Access to justice
--- Promoting social inclusion and equality
--- Immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers
* Conclusion

Human Rights Program - from Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada

http://www.international.gc.ca/rights-droits/index.aspx

Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/

See also:

Human Rights - from Heritage Canada
http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1266364666208
Source:
Heritage Canada
http://www.pch.gc.ca/

Human Rights Links
from Canadian Heritage:

http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pdp-hrp/liens-links/index-eng.cfm
- links to provincial/territorial, federal/national and international human rights resources

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Universal Periodic Review
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/
Source:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

http://www.ohchr.org/

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Canada Review 2013
http://www.upr-info.org/Review-2013-1653.html
- includes links to Canada's National report, OHCHR's Compilation of UN information, OHCHR's Summary of stakeholders’ information, NGO submissions and Advance written questions.
TIP : Click "NGO submissions" to access a collection of 48 submissions to the Review from (mostly Canadian) NGOs
including the following:
* the Canadian Human Rights Commission
* the Assembly of First Nations
* Amnesty International
* the Council of Canadians with Disabilities
* the Canadian Civil Liberties Association
* Citizens For Public Justice
* Canada Without Poverty and the Centre for Equality Rights
* FAFIA - the Feminist Alliance for International Action
* Housing Justice Project
* Human Rights Watch
* Wellesley Institute
* many more...

Source:
UPR Info
http://www.upr-info.org/
UPR Info is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. We aim at both raising awareness and providing capacity-building tools to the different actors of the UPR process, such as United Nations Member States, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions and civil society in general.
UPR Info is in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [ http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/ ].

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- Go to the Human Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/rights.htm

4. Finance Committee commences income inequality study, but whose interests do they have in mind? - April 25
(Citizens for Public Justice)

Finance Committee commences income inequality study, but whose interests do they have in mind?
http://www.cpj.ca/en/content/finance-committee-commences-income-inequality-study-whose-interests-do-they-have-mind
April 25, 2013
By Simon Lewchuk and Brad Wassink | Thursday
Ten months after MPs voted to study income inequality in Canada, the House Finance Committee finally held their first of three meetings on the topic last Tuesday. And while three meetings isn’t much, it’s better than one, which is what the committee is said to have originally planned on. The credit goes to the civil society organizations and concerned Canadians who spoke out and demanded that the committee give more time and attention to this important issue. It seems the MPs were listening, at least partially.
But lest we get too excited about this small victory, one needs only to have been at last week’s meeting to question whether the Finance Committee is really interested in a serious, balanced discussion or mere theatrics and partisan posturing.

Last time we checked, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Montreal Economic Institute and the Fraser Institute (who got two witness spots) weren’t exactly representing the interests of the common Canadian.

Source:
Citizens for Public Justice

http://www.cpj.ca/

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For more info about the income inequality study AND for links to 47 (see update below) Submissions to the Finance Committee, go to the Income and Wealth Inequality Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/inequality.htm

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APRIL 26 UPDATE (by Gilles):

And then there were fifty.

Last week's Canadian Social Research Newsletter included a link posted in early April 2013 to a collection of 47 submissions by groups and individuals to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance reviewing Income Inequality in Canada.
Here's the link to that collection:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6079428&Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1

Three more submissions have since been added to the list:
*
Canadian Medical Association
* Miles Corak
* the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

Click the link above to access all 50 submissions.

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

5. Media and Policy News for April 23, 24 (2013)
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

A double-header from
Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[
http://www.incomesecurity.org/ ]

Media and Policy News for 24 April 2013
http://goo.gl/WBYOi

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

Top Stories

* Low-income moms are looking for a Mother’s Day gift from Premier Mom in the upcoming budget, says Sarah Blackstock of the YWCA-Toronto
* Sheila Block of the Wellesley Institute discusses Finance Minister Sousa’s recent speech, and gives a prescription for a better budget
* Update on social assistance reform and the Special Diet Allowance
* At tax time, Dr. Gary Bloch prescribes income for what ails

Around the Province

* Hamilton councillor intends to push for universal dental care
* Coming on the heels of the loss of CSUMB, Kingston has issued a report on the state of homelessness in Kingston and Frontenac County

Across the Country

With the BC election in full gear, advocates are pushing for poverty reduction
* Demonstrators in Nova Scotia protest changes to Employment Insurance

National

* The death of a temporary foreign worker is being examined right now at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal – better protections are needed now
* Among Mark Carney’s prescriptions for fixing the temporary foreign worker program – employers should train more and low-wage jobs should pay more
* A federal judge ruled the Parliamentary Budget Office has the right to take the government to court to gain access to budget documents
* A new tribunal for hearing Employment Insurance, CPP and OAS appeals has started operations
* Op Ed on Senator Hugh Segal and his quest for a Guaranteed Annual Income

International

* A good website that explains current changes to income support benefits in the UK
* Missouri passes legislation requiring welfare recipients to have high school diploma
* More on the debate over fair taxation – Google comes under fire in the UK
* Films for Action is airing “We’re Not Broke” – a damning indictment of tax avoidance and evasion and the impact on public services and inequality
* “The Tax Free Tour” takes a look at tax havens, the people who live there and the routes along which tax is avoided globally
* “The real story here is that Obama's tax plan is both aggressive and progressive”

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Media and Policy News for 23 April 2013
http://goo.gl/6hrup

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

Top Stories

* The Ontario budget is coming May 2, and the deficit is $5 billion less than projected
* People with health conditions fear losing the Special Diet Allowance
* The budget should boost the Ontario Child Benefit to promised levels this year
* The budget should also move to protect precarious workers
* Peterborough may cut discretionary benefits, a result of last year’s budget decision to end CSUMB and cap health benefits for people on social assistance
* Community Legal Clinics release their system-wide strategic plan

Reforming Social Assistance in Ontario

* Three columns from the Star’s Joe Fiorito:
--- A long march
--- What poverty actually costs
--- Are the prospects brighter? Or dimmer?
* ODSP Action Coalition and OPSEU lobby MPPs
* Senior business leaders urge reforms to ensure economic security
* City of Hamilton’s Community Services Department has made a great video, “Unequal Access to Healthy Food”
* OCAP and CUPE rally at Finance Minister’s office
* Similar rally held in Sudbury

Around the Province

Kenora Daily News Op-Ed: Homelessness and Social Determinants of Health
How a Milton mom fell into poverty
Access to justice for the poor

National

* What happened at the federal Finance Committee’s hearings on inequality
* Carol Goar, on how to fix the Temporary Foreign Worker program
* Alex Himelfarb, on celebrating public service
* And you thought the free trade debate was long over

International

* From the UK, damning commentary on that nation’s changes to disability income support
* IMF says Canada headed for a growth slowdown and shouldn’t raise interest rates
* You have probably seen that the IMF admitted they were wrong about austerity
* And, a key argument for austerity has been dismantled
* Austerity now has an image problem
* Turns out, the dismantling was done by an economics grad student who found an error in the economists’ original calculations
* Tax "competition", it turns out, is always harmful
* A majority in the US want better wealth distribution and a “robin hood tax”

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

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Check the Media and Policy News archive:
http://goo.gl/I32FD
(Back to August 2012, but doesn't include a table of contents for each issue)

Subscribe to ISAC's Latest Media and Policy News mailing list:
http://goo.gl/XEGZg

Subscribe to the main ISAC E-List (to receive info on ISAC's law reform work, the social assistance review, and other OW / ODSP -related information):
http://goo.gl/j3gzt

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

6. Ontario budget to be tabled May 2 - April 22
(CityNews)

Ontario budget to be tabled May 2
http://www.citynews.ca/2013/04/22/ontario-budget-to-be-tabled-may-2/

The Ontario Liberals will table the province’s budget on May 2, the first one under Premier Kathleen Wynne.
In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada Monday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the provincial deficit is $9.8 billion, a $5 billion reduction from last year’s forecast.He also said the government is on track to eliminate the deficit by 2017/18.

Source:
CityNews
http://www.citynews.ca/

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

7. British Columbia 2013 Election : May 14, 2013

British Columbia 2013 Election : May 14, 2013

Elections B.C.
http://www.elections.bc.ca/
- govt. site, includes links to info about parties, candidates, ridings and other election logistics

British Columbia New Democratic Party
http://www.bcndp.ca

British Columbia Liberal Party
http://www.bcliberals.com/

Green Party of B.C.
http://www.greenparty.bc.ca/

B.C. Conservative Party
http://www.bcconservatives.ca/

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Analysis/Critique of BC's 2013 Election

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From
TheTyee.ca

The Election Hook - "Political News, Freshly Caught."
http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/

BC Election Central
http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Election-Central/

BC Election 2013 Map & Guide
http://election.thetyee.ca/
NOTE : Scroll down past the map for links to 15 recent Tyee articles on the 2013 Budget

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From
the CBC:

British Columbia Votes 2013
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bcvotes2013/

BC Votes Features
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bcvotes2013/features/
* Leaders at a glance
* B.C.'s 85 ridings
* Five key issues in the B.C. election campaign
[ Health care - Economy - Education - Government spending - Environmental regulation ]
* How do your views fit into B.C.'s political landscape? (Vote Compass - see the next link below)
* How much does an election cost?
* The campaign trail
* The B.C. political twittersphere
* 'Til Tuesday (political spin)
* Blogs

Vote Compass
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bcvotes2013/votecompass
Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by political scientists.
Answer a short series of questions to discover how you fit in the British Columbian political landscape.

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From the
Georgia Straight:

2013 Provincial Election Coverage
http://www.straight.com/news/provincial-election

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From
Election Almanach:

British Columbia 2013 Election
http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/british-columbia/
Complete coverage of the May 2013 provincial election in British Columbia, including parties and leaders, ridings and candidates, public opinion polls and seat projections, election results, and more...
NOTE (on home page): "This website will be updated daily during the 2013 BC Provincial Election."

Source:
Election Almanach:

http://www.electionalmanac.com/ea/
Complete coverage of federal, provincial and territorial elections in Canada, including parties and leaders, ridings and candidates, public opinion polls and seat projections, election results, and more...

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From the
National Post:

Brian Hutchinson: B.C. premier Christy Clark’s baffling campaign strategy is to misinform, mislead and make up stuff
http://goo.gl/48ZVP
VANCOUVER — It’s no secret that Christy Clark’s government has a credibility problem.
For the B.C. Liberal party to avoid annihilation on May 14, repairing damage caused by broken promises and re-establishing trust with the electorate must be priorities. But it seems they are not. Instead of treading carefully, taking pains to ensure that whatever she presents during the election campaign is airtight, verifiable and the plain honest truth, Ms. Clark continues to misinform, mislead and just make up stuff.

Source:
National Post

htt p://www.nationalpost.com/

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- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

- Go to the Political Parties and Elections Links in Canada (Provinces and Territories) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

8. Tory Senator Hugh Segal says time is right for ‘minister for poverty reduction’ - April 24
(Canada.com)

Tory senator says time is right for ‘minister for poverty reduction’
http://www.canada.com/Tory+senator+says+time+right+minister+poverty+reduction/8290397/story.html
By Jordan Press
April 24, 2013
OTTAWA — Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal did something this week that would be expected of a member of the government: He praised the federal budget during debate on the document tabled in March. Then he did something a little unexpected: He said that the budget was only a start and that the government should do more to tackle poverty, specifically create a new ministerial portfolio dedicated to reducing poverty in Canada, and a new tax credit for those whose income was below the poverty line.

Source:
Canada.com

http://www.canada.com/

Full text of Senator Segal's speech (from the Parliamentary website)
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/411/Debates/154db_2013-04-23-e.htm#40

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Go to the Guaranteed Annual Income Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

9. Employment Insurance : Ten Changes in 2012–2013 - January 23
(Parliamentary Information and Research Service)

From the
Library of Parliament:

Employment Insurance: Ten Changes in 2012–2013
http://parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2013-03-e.htm
By André Léonard, Social Affairs Division
23 January 2013
Contents:
For each of the following ten changes, this report presents:
* a description of the change
* a rationale for the change
* criticism of the change

The ten changes:
1 Employment Insurance Financing
2 Definitions of “Suitable Employment” and “Reasonable and Customary Efforts” to Obtain Suitable Employment
3 Connecting Employment Insurance Claimants With Available Jobs
4 Calculating Benefits
5 Earnings Permitted While Receiving Benefits
6 Dealing With Complaints
7 Bill C-44
8 Persons Not Authorized to Remain in Canada and the Collection of Overpayments
9 Hiring Credit for Small Business
10 Changes to the Employment Insurance (Fishing) Regulations
11 Conclusion

TIP : Scroll to the last section of the report for links to 40 related documents.

Related link:

The Employment Insurance Program in Canada: How it Works
By André Léonard
18 October 2010
HTML version
http://parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2010-52-e.htm
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Source:
Parliamentary Information and Research Service
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-E.asp
The Library of Parliament offers a wide range of research publications that provide analysis to parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and parliamentary associations on current and emerging key issues, legislation and major public policy topics. The publications provide non-partisan, reliable and timely information on subjects that are relevant to parliamentary and constituency work.

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- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ei.htm

10. The Parliamentary Information and Research Service : What you'll find there.

Parliamentary Information and Research Service
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublications-E.asp
The Library of Parliament offers a wide range of research publications that provide analysis to parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and parliamentary associations on current and emerging key issues, legislation and major public policy topics. The publications provide non-partisan, reliable and timely information on subjects that are relevant to parliamentary and constituency work.

Search or browse the research publications
by type of document and by category:

Publications by type:
* Current Publications:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublicationsCurrent-e.asp
* Legislative Summaries:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublicationsLS-e.asp
* HillNotes:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/HillNotes-e.asp
* Trade and Investment Series:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublicationsTrade-e.asp
* Occasional and Commissioned Papers:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/researchpublicationsoccasional-e.asp

Publications by Category:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Library/VirtualLibrary/ResearchPublicationsCurrent-e.asp
The Parliamentary Information and Research Service (PIRS) provides a consulting service for individual parliamentarians, responding to questions that require research and analysis on legal, economic, scientific, or social science matters. Researchers obtain and analyze material, and write letters, short notes and longer research papers at the request of Senators and Members of the House of Commons. In some cases, responses are provided to clients by telephone briefings or by meetings with individual parliamentarians and/or their staff.
Publication Categories:
* Aboriginal affairs
* Agriculture, environment and natural resources
* Arts, culture and entertainment
* Business, industry and trade
* Economics and finance
* Education and training
* Employment and labour
* Government, Parliament and politics
* Health
* Information and communications
* International affairs and defence
* Law, justice and rights
* Science and technology
* Social affairs and population

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

11. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2013 - April 25
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Payment patterns of child and spousal support - April 24
--- Data Inventory Project, 2012
- April 22

What's new from The Daily:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]

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April 25, 2013
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, February 2013
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130425/dq130425a-eng.htm
Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees were $909 in February, up 0.9% from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, earnings increased 3.1%.

April 24, 2013
Payment patterns of child and spousal support, 2011-2012
(Juristat article)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2013001/article/11780-eng.htm
Using data from the Survey of Maintenance Enforcement Programs for nine provinces and territories (all except QC - ON - MB - BC), this article provides an overview of key statistics on child and spousal support, as well as an analysis of changes in the payment patterns of child and spousal support over time.

Source:
Juristat
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/index-eng.htm
This periodical is of interest to all those who plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects, as well as to anyone who has an interest in Canada's justice system
[ Browse Juristat by subject : http://goo.gl/6VPlx ]

Related subjects:

Crime and justice
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2693&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

Civil courts and family law
http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/subject-sujet/result-resultat.action?pid=2693&id=2694&lang=eng&type=DAILYART

April 22, 2013
Data Inventory Project, 2012
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130422/dq130422e-eng.htm
Information about the Data Inventory Project is now available.

Note to readers:
Statistics Canada conducted the Data Inventory Project (DIP) on behalf of the Policy Research Data Group and the Treasury Board Secretariat. DIP is the starting point of a government-wide stock-taking of federal data holdings within departments to determine the broad range of data holdings.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; mediahotline@statcan.gc.ca)

More info re. DIP
http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=5190&Item_Id=122357&lang=en

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



Source:
The Daily

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/dai-quo/index-eng.htm
[Statistics Canada
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html ]


StatCan Blog
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/blog-blogue/eng
The goal of the StatCan Blog is to pull back the curtain to explain some of the agency’s inner workings, and to show the links between quality statistics and the lives of Canadians.

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- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

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

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

April 28, 2013
What's new online this week:

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

Look in the mirror: Just substitute "Canadian" for "American child care hell"
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/look-mirror-just-substitute-canadian-american-child-care-he
24 Apr 2013 | Canada
A current US magazine story describing American child care as “day care hell” provides a useful comparison that reflects Canada’s dismal child care situation with regard to options for parents, costs, quality and leadership—even health and safety. Martha Friendly points out that without political action, “our child care choices will remain limited to cross-border examination of our own unsatisfactory reflection in American mirrors”.

Child care reveals great potential
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/child-care-reveals-great-potential
24 Apr 2013 | Europe
Research examining publicly subsidised child care in Germany finds that it "has a positive effect on the labour force participation of mothers and on the financial situation of families".

Closing Canada's gender gap: Year 2240 here we come!
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/closing-canadas-gender-gap-year-2240-here-we-come
24 Apr 2013 | Canada
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives "looks at gaps in women's economic and political participation, and calls for an investment of political and financial resources into organizations and institutions that represent the needs and interests of women in Canada".

Examining the human resource implications of emerging issues in early childhood education and care (ECEC)/ Communications strategy development project
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/examining-human-resource-implications-emerging-issues-early
23 Apr 2013 | Canada
Series of reports previously unreleased by the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council examine the human resource implications for the integration of ECEC and education, inclusion in ECE, school-age child care and family home child care.

We can do better: 2013 update: Child Care Aware® of America's ranking of state child care center regulations and oversight
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/research-policy-practice/13/04/we-can-do-better-2013-update-child-care-aware%C2%AE-americas-ran
23 Apr 2013 | United States
Report reviews state policies for program standards and oversight and grades states on a number of benchmarks including site visits, education and training requirements, and background checks.

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

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

Editorial: Platforms ignore low-cost child care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/editorial-platforms-ignore-low-cost-child-care
26 Apr 2013 | British Columbia

Parents on their own when it comes to choosing the best day care
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/parents-their-own-when-it-comes-choosing-best-day-care
24 Apr 2013 | British Columbia

City seeks labour study into shortage of educators
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/city-seeks-labour-study-shortage-educators
24 Apr 2013 | Ontario

Finding local childcare made easier with centralized registry
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/finding-local-childcare-made-easier-centralized-registry
24 Apr 2013 | Ontario

Are inspections really the way to improve our nurseries?
http://www.childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news/13/04/are-inspections-really-way-improve-our-nurseries
24 Apr 2013 | Europe

MORE child care in the news
http://childcarecanada.org/documents/child-care-news

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CRRU Archive

All newer content from January 2013 to date is archived further down on the page you're now reading:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm#crru

For links to weekly issues of this weekly alert from June 2009 to December 2012*,
check out the CRRU Links Archive on this site:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/crru_links_archive.htm

* NOTE (by Gilles):
I recently (Dec. 2012) discovered that my HTML editing software crashes when I try to open this 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 further down on the page you're now reading.

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Subscribe to the CRRU email notices and updates
http://www.childcarecanada.org/res/enews/index.html
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere
http://www.childcarecanada.org/links/index.html

CRRU Publications
http://www.childcarecanada.org/pubs/
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications

ISSUE files
http://www.childcarecanada.org/resources/issue-files
- theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

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- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

13. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch
The Poverty Dispatch is a daily scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.. The Dispatch is distributed by the Institute for Research on Poverty, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. News articles from online newspapers are posted here in a number of general categories, and are tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Tags
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/tags/

Clicking on a word or expression in the list of tags will call up all relevant news items from past Dispatches under that tag. The list contains a tag for each U.S. state so you can view jurisdiction-specific news, and tags for a huge list of topics, including :
* Basic needs * Canada * Caseloads * Cash assistance * Cellular phones * Census * Charities * Child care * Child hunger * Child poverty * Child support * Child welfare * Child well-being * Chronic homelessness * Cohabitation * Cost of living * Crime * Crimes against the homeless * Debt * Deep poverty * Disability * Early childhood education * Earned income tax credit * Electronic benefit transfers * Eligibility * Food insecurity * Food programs * Foster care* Fuel poverty * Health care costs * Health insurance coverage * Homeless children * Homeless families * Homeless veterans * Housing First * Housing subsidies * Immigrant workers * Income * Income inequality * Jobless benefits * Juvenile justice * Legal aid * Low-income housing * Low-wage work * Medicaid * Microfinance * Minimum wage * Newly poor * No Child Left Behind * Ontario * Paid family leave * Payday lending * Persistent poverty * Poverty measurement * Poverty rate * Prisons * Privatization * Public Housing * Rural poverty * Safety net * SCHIP * Section 8 (Housing) * Seniors * Single parents * SNAP/Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income * Taxes * Teen pregnancy * Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) * Unemployment rate * Uninsured * Urban poverty * Utilities * Welfare reform * Welfare-to-work * Women Infants and Children (WIC) * Work requirements * Youth employment * many more tags...

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

April 26, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/26/
States and Medicaid Expansion (10 articles)
Youth Unemployment
Unemployment in Spain and France
Kids Count Report – Utah (2 articles)

April 25, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/25/
Food Bank Use in the UK

April 24, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/24/
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Florida
Early Childhood Education – Missouri

April 23, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/23/
Kids Count Report – Oregon (2 articles)
Underemployment in the US

April 22, 2013
http://www.irp.wisc.edu/dispatch/2013/04/22/
Underemployment in the US
School Meals Programs – West Virginia

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

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NOTE : You can subscribe to this email list or RSS feed
by clicking "Subscribe" in the right-hand margin on any page of the Poverty Dispatch website

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Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

http://www.irp.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://www.wisc.edu/

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- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm

- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

14. [ United Kingdom] Benefit changes: Who will be affected? - April 25
(BBC)

United Kingdom

Benefit changes: Who will be affected?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21706978
25 April 2013
Hundreds of thousands of households across the UK will be affected by changes to benefits starting in April - part of government plans for the biggest shake-up of the welfare system for decades.
Key changes:
* Benefit cap, introduced from 15 April
* Housing benefit changes, introduced 1 April
* Disability living allowance replaced, from 8 April
* Benefit uprating, introduced 8 April
* Localising council tax benefit, introduced 1 April
* Universal credit, introduced to test areas from 29 April

Related link:

Welfare plans: Your benefits may be lower than expected
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20934759
9 January 2013
MPs have voted on key changes to welfare entitlements that are set to affect millions of people in the UK.

Source:
BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/

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- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

15. CRINMAIL (Newsletter of the Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):
http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

The latest information on children's rights around the world:
CRINMAIL
http://www.crin.org/email/
CRIN publishes several email lists on children's rights issues in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. We also issue thematic editions on armed conflict, violence against children and strategic litigation. You can subscribe to any of these email lists and unsubscribe at any time.

CRINMAIL - Children's Rights Newsletter (weekly)

Here's the link to the latest issue of CRINMAIL:

24 April 2013 - CRINMAIL issue 1324
http://www.crin.org/email/crinmail_detail_popup.asp?crinmailID=4700
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Denouncing child sex abuse without exception
- Substandard Islamic schools to be shut
- Border Agency separating children from parents
- Human trafficking in Europe
- Coalition proposes using drones to monitor asylum seekers
Children's Rights Wiki: Spotlight on Belarus
Upcoming events
Employment
Also in this issue:
- World news
- Reports
- Events
- Issues
- Law
- Advocacy
- Challenging breaches
- Take action
- Campaigns

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CRINMAIL Archive (earlier issues)
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/CRINMAIL_archive.htm
- includes a table of contents for each issue, as in the above, back to 2009-2010

NOTE : The official CRINMAIL archive [ http://goo.gl/C0JNx ] --- does *not* include the table of contents for each issue as in the most recent issues above. Users must click on the link to each issue to see its contents, but the collection of links goes back much further (pre-2006).

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NOTE:
The CRINMAIL Children's Rights Newsletter is only ONE of several weekly newsletters produced and distributed by CRIN.
See the complete list of newsletters:
http://www.crin.org/email/

Source:
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

http://www.crin.org/
CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike. (...) Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children's rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children's rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all. More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN's publications, research and information.

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- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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And, in closing...

Justin Trudeau Attack Ad With A Twist (video, duration 0:33)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb-1XiHGjtM

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Canadian Women's Favourite Pick-up Line (video, duration 1:08)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmthTKSWFWw&feature

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Optical illusion dance (video, duration 2:36)
http://vimeo.com/64208574
"Amazing dance a brain can't process"
I agree! (Gilles)

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Free Online Sound Effects
http://www.soundgator.com/

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Computer Chronicles : The Internet in 1995 (video, duration 27:03)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XluovrUA6Bk
In this episode of Computer Chronicles, Stewart Cheifet will show you what the internet had to offer back in the 1990's. He would also show you how to get onto the internet. But first, You would need a Internet Service Provider (ISP). But for this episode of Computer Chronicles, Stewart Cheifet will show you the most popular ISP back in the 1990's, and that was Compuserve. Keep in mind that this TV Program was recorded and broadcasted back in 1995.
[You can watch many other videos of this vintage by clicking the links in the right margin of the YouTube page.]

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Big cats like boxes too... (video, duration 2:47)
http://www.wimp.com/bigboxes/

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Evian brings out the babies. (video, duration 1:16)
http://www.wimp.com/thebabies/

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What the world eats -- a week's worth of groceries
http://imgur.com/a/mN8Zs

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You Just Spilled Water Or Coffee On Your Laptop – Here’s What You Should Do
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/you-just-spilled-water-or-coffee-on-your-laptop-heres-what-you-should-do/

 

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