Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 28, 2016

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.

You can find the online version of this (August 28, 2016) newsletter at this link:

This week's issue of the newsletter is going out by email to 2,840 subscribers.

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



Canadian content:

1. Ten things to know about federal income supports for low income seniors in Canada (Moscovitch, Falvo and Macdonald) - August 2016
2. Media & Policy News for 26 August 2016 (Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)
3. Social Progress Index : Canada lauded for its tolerance, but lags on environment - August 9 (Globe and Mail)
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, First quarter 2016 - August 11

--- Labour Force Survey, July 2016
- August 5
--- Canadian Economic News, July 2016
- August 4
5. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit

International content:

6. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
7. [United States] 20 years after US welfare reform (various sources)
8. Finland considers basic income to reform welfare system- August 9 (CBC News)
9. Child Rights Information Network - CRIN

Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors, Annual Report to Congress, 2015

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
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1. Ten things to know about federal income suppo rts for low income seniors in Canada
(Moscovitch, Falvo and Macdonald)

Ten things to know about federal income supports for low income seniors in Canada:
Prepared by:
Allan Moscovitch
, Professor, Carleton University;
Nick Falvo
, Director of Research & Data at the Calgary Housing Foundation; and
David Macdonald
, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
August 25, 2016

How Ottawa Spends
How Ottawa Spends is the annual review of the federal government’s spending and public policy by the Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration.

NOTE : Starting in 2015, How Ottawa Spends has been published in digital formats only.
Click the above link to access free and complete annual versions of How Ottawa Spends going back to 2003-2004, available in Epub, Mobile and PDF versions. These annual reports are voluminous --- the latest edition comes in at 445 pages...
Recommended reading!

Carleton University School of Public Administration


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

2. Media & Policy News for 26 August 2016
(Jennefer Laidley, Income Security Advocacy Centre)

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 26 August 2016

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

Ed. Note: Media and Policy News will be on hiatus until September 9

Top Stories

CUPW gives 72-hour strike notice to Canada Post
Waterloo Region puts a halt to mailing social assistance and other cheques
Province must fund child care to tackle gender wage gap, says report
Ontario government news release: Moving forward to close the gender wage gap
Let us keep more money, Ottawa disability advocates tell province

Food or bus pass? Clawback creates stressful choice for British Columbians with disabilities
The hidden costs of living with a disability
Guelph mom faces a social assistance – housing conundrum
Toronto should get angry about how Council has failed to address the city’s social housing crisis
Op-ed: Treat homelessness as a health problem, not just a social problem

Poll: Most Canadians want government to expand services, but don’t want to pay for it
[ Gilles' solution : Make the Mexicans pay for expanded services !]
Video: Sheila Block of the CCPA-Ontario on what Canadians get for their taxes
Trudeau tweaks cabinet committees ahead of busy fall
The PMO announcement
Saskatchewan women struggling after CCB payments cut, as CRA demands proof of eligibility
Ten things to know about federal income supports for low income seniors in Canada
Stephen Harper resigns from Parliament


Recent polling shows Tories with the most support, and a summer of discontent with Wynne
Liberals trailing Tories in new Forum Research poll
Letters to the editor: Put carbon tax on gas bills
Opposition critic: Liberal bungling created energy poverty
Budget watchdog: Ontario’s home energy costs not highest or lowest in Canada

Major breakthrough in Legal Aid lawyers’ campaign for collective bargaining rights
Ontario invests $1.5 million more in refugee supports
Ontario news release: 220 new jobs in Welland through major investment from GE
Ontario Court of Appeal decision against employer a victory for disabled workers
Naidoo-Harris new early years and child care minister

Reports , Events, Campaigns and Other Good Things

October 1 Day of Action: Fight for $15 and Fairness
Kesselman: Attack high housing prices by making property tax progressive
CMHC: GTA West Housing and Health Study links affordable housing and health
CRWDP Research Paper: Making the law keep down the costs: Why Canada’s public
systems designed to support unemployed workers with a disability are making the decisions that they are
Stats Can: Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2016

Around the Province

Niagara Dental Health Coalition calls on local MPPs to support expansion of public dental programs
District of Muskoka says child support exemption from social assistance “less vindictive and punitive"
Landlord licensing hailed at Toronto meeting as fix for “soul-destroying” conditions
The wrong way to deal with a housing boom, courtesy of Toronto
How invisible austerity is hurting Toronto’s poorest residents
Pembina blog: Federal transit funding is a win for Toronto commuters
Peel Region: Here’s our call on behalf of all your tenants in social housing

Across the Country

Food bank in Summerland, BC saw an increase in need in July
Economic downturn in Alberta means more on EI, many have lost employer-paid benefits.
Number of Prince Edward Islanders on EI takes a big jump in June.
Pension increase leaves senior in Crofton, BC with less income.
Is the Metro Vancouver real estate market in free fall?.
Dying neighbourhood: Vancouver’s Chinatown grapples with affordability and development.
Dozens of Vancouver overdoses, as 24’hour supervised site opens.
CCPA-BC report shows student funding in BC second worst in Canada.


Canada’s annual inflation rate drops to 1.3% in July
Liberals probe a dozen federal departments not paying their interns
Most university undergrads are now taught by poorly paid part-timers
Postal banking is worth a look to help the working poor
Trudeau endorses Bono’s ONE campaign: Poverty is sexist
Fraser Institute report shows Canadians’ growing tax burden
Broadbent Institute: That study’s been debunked many times


20 years after US welfare reform: Reflections and recommendations from those who were there
20 years later, welfare is grim
20 years after welfare reform: College students and benefits
Welfare reform didn’t help kids learn better
Most welfare dollars don’t go directly to poor people anymore

20 years later, poverty is up, but architects of “welfare reform” have no regrets
20 years later, how US welfare compares to other countries around the globe
How a Democrat killed welfare
And, even so, here’s how Americans’ views on welfare have changed in 20 years
A staggering percentage of Americans are too poor to shop

How to get kids to go to school? One US school added washers and dryers to ensure they have clean clothes
The gig economy is a rigged economy
Polling low income Americans on poverty
Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan both back new place-based anti-poverty plan
I won’t apologize for having fun while chronically ill

I’m a DWP call handler in the UK and have no time to care about your disability claim
Woman in Wales has disability benefits cut for missing an interview – while having open-heart surgery
People in the UK taking out retirement savings being hit by unexpected taxes and welfare reductions
In the UK, accountants or advisers who help corporations and people skirt taxes face tougher fines and new penalties
You feeling lucky?
Times have changed over tax avoidance schemes, says KPMG
Airbnb paid the French tax man just 70,000 Euro last year
Putting a Stop to poverty: The Stop profiled in New Zealand
The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics

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

3. Social Progress Index : Canada lauded for its tolerance, but lags on environment - August 9
(Globe and Mail)

Canada takes second spot globally on social-progress ranking:
Social Progress Index
June 29, 2016
Canada lauded for its tolerance, but lags on environment, takes second spot globally on social-progress ranking.

Social Progress Index

The index, published by the Social Progress Imperative (see link below), a U.S.-based nonprofit, uses 53 indicators to measure such things as health care, housing, policing, personal rights and tolerance in 133 countries. Canada ranks first or ties for first on 13 of those indicators.

In 2010, researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology first conceived of a global ranking system that would complement hard economic indicators often used to gauge a country’s success, like the gross domestic product. In 2013, the first SPI was tested using just 50 countries and expanded to 133 countries the following year. The data is pulled from many well-known public databases, including the World Health Organization, the Pew Research Center, Gallup World Poll and the United Nations Development Programme. Twenty-seven countries with insufficient data were excluded from the index, including wealthy nations like Singapore, Qatar and Bahrain.

Canada trails only Finland and is far ahead of the United States, a much richer nation that staggers in at No. 19.

Globe and Mail


Complete report:

Social Progress Index 2016 (PDF - 40.2MB, 147 pages)


Social Progress Index for Canada


Social Progress Imperative
- includes links to 70+ YouTube videos, most of which are just a few minutes in duration (although some of the videos are in Spanish.)
Check out the fast growing movement to challenge the ways in which human wellbeing is measured. Led by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter and international boards of directors and advisors, the Social Progress Imperative and its Social Progress Index is changing the way we define success and alter national development policy to begin to measure -- and improve -- that which matters most to humanity.


4. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]
--- Job Vacancy and Wage Survey, First quarter 2016 - August 11

--- Labour Force Survey, July 2016
- August 5
--- Canadian Economic News, July 2016
- August 4

Statistics Canada

What's new from The Daily:

Past issues of The Daily
Select day / month / year to access issues of The Daily going back to 1995.


August 19, 2016
Consumer Price Index, July 2016
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.3% in the 12 months to July, after increasing 1.5% in June. Excluding gasoline, the CPI was up 1.9% year over year in July, matching the gain in June.


August 18, 2016
Employment Insurance, June 2016
Regular Employment Insurance (EI) beneficiaries in Canada totalled 545,900 in June, essentially unchanged from May. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of people receiving regular EI benefits was up by 8,000 or 1.5%.


August 17, 2016
Study: The Canada–US gap in women’s labour market participation, 1997 to 2015
The proportion of women aged 25 to 54 who participated in the labour market has risen in Canada over the last two decades, while it has fallen in the United States.


August 15, 2016
Research and development of Canadian private non-profit organizations
2014 (actual) and 2016 (intentions)

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:

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

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

August 21, 2016
What's new online this week:

No time to lose: How to build a world-class education system state by state
16 Aug 2016 | United States
New report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) compares the state of U.S. educational systems with that of other countries. The NCSL find that the U.S. educational systems are falling dangerously behind other developed nations and observes that if they do not make changes, they will struggle to compete economically against developing nations. Suggestions from the NCSL to improve the state of education in the U.S. include building a team and setting priorities, studying and learning from top performing countries and then creating a shared state- wide vision and setting benchmark policies to being reform of the U.S. educational systems.

Are we at the crossroads for Wisconsin child care?
16 Aug 2016 | United States
New report from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) analyzes the pillars of the Wisconsin child care system, the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program (WI Shares) and YoungStar quality rating and improvement system. The analysis shows the two systems are not in sync, while both require additional funding in order for the programs to succeed and maintain a sound child care system. The WCCF makes four recommendations for the maintenance of the child care system-- direct support to high quality programs, improved child care payment rates, incentives to maintain a quality child care workforce, and ongoing research.

The road to high-quality early learning: Lessons from the States
16 Aug 2016 | United States
Recent report from the Learning Policy Institute considers how policymakers can convert their vision of quality child care into a reality. The authors analyze how four states (Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina) have build high-quality education systems. Evidence is gathered from multiple sources including studies, policy documents, and data from each state, observations of programs and interviews with various stakeholders. In conclusion the report suggests these four states are committed to increasing funding to continuously improve quality and access, investment in staff training, aligning preschool with elementary school--all with the involvement of various stakeholders.

Managing the impacts of full day kindergarten on rural childcare centres in Ontario
16 Aug 2016 | Ontario
This 2013 MA thesis examines the impact of full day kindergarten (FDK) in rural child care centres and how this was managed at the local level. The exploratory study used semi-structured interviews with seven Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs) and nine rural child care centre directors. Findings reveal that the challenges faced by rural child care centres are insufficient funding, fluctuating enrollment and staffing challenges. Most CMSMs interviewed indicated that recent changes had increased the complexity of their work and added to their workload. Centre directors reported strategies used to maintain viability included promotion of the centres, developing business acumen and improving benefits to attract and maintain qualified early childhood educators, and that co-location of child care in schools may pose problems in rural communities .

The underestimation of America’s preschool teachers
16 Aug 2016 | United States
New article explores New York City’s attempt to professionalize early childhood education and care (ECEC). It considers how New York could be the potential stepping stone for national preschool in the U.S. as preschool classrooms are now held to the quality assessments laid out in the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS). The author states that in New York preschool is universally accessible to all 4-year-olds, educators have access to improving their education credentials and learning and care are intertwined. The article concludes that there is no such thing as good cheap child care.

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

Day care: Canada’s silent crisis
16 Aug 2016 | Canada

Alberta Childcare Association committee reviewing childcare regulations
16 Aug 2016 | Alberta

Pilot Butte, Sask. Early Learning Centre hopes to ease child care wait list issue
16 Aug 2016 | Saskatchewan

Early years council works to address child care crisis
16 Aug 2016 | British Columbia

Deadly day cares: State doesn’t require home-based day cares to report injury – unless it results in death
16 Aug 2016 | United States

MORE child care in the news


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

6. 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 tagged with more specific keywords relevant to each article.

Click the link above, then (on the next page) select a date on the calendar to see media items for that date.

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

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

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

- Go to the Welfare in Canada vs the U.S. Links page:

7. 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.


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24 August 2016 - CRINmail issue 1494
In this issue:
Latest news and reports
- Armed conflict
- Civil and political rights
- Detention and juvenile justice
- Violence
Upcoming events
Also in this issue:
World news
- Challenging violations
- Take action
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Canada and Children's Rights
- from the Children's Rights Wiki


- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:

(United States) Indicators of Welfare Dependence, Annual Report to Congress, 2015 - September 2015
(+ drug testing recipients)


Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors, Annual Report to Congress, 2015
HTML version :
PDF version (163 Pages) :
September 2015

Indicators of Welfare Dependence, Annual Report to Congress

The Welfare Indicators Act of 1994 directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to study the most useful statistics for tracking and predicting dependence on three means-tested cash and nutritional assistance programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Office responsible:
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

Also from ASPE:

ASPE Issue Brief

Drug testing welfare recipients : Recent proposals and continuing controversies
October 2011
HTML version:

PDF version (28 pages):

This ASPE Issue Brief examines recent State and federal legislative proposals to require drug tests as a condition of TANF program eligibility. During 2010 and the first half of 2011, 82 bills on this subject were proposed in 31 State legislatures and the U.S. Congress. This brief, which was prepared by Laura Radel, Kristen Joyce, and Carli Wulff of ASPEs Office of Human Services Policy, describes potential uses and limitations of drug tests in the context of welfare programs.


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

- Go to the Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Links page:



John Robson: Question the welfare state
August 23, 2016
Does orange paper sound to you like one of those things, such as the NDP’s Halloweenish colours, that should have been thrown out at the end of the 1960s? Well, there’s one pile of it that apparently was that I wish we would fish out of the rubbish bin of history for a second look.

Specifically, the fabled 1973 Working Paper on Social Security in Canada. Dubbed the “Orange Paper” for its Austin Powers-eque cover, was a commendable attempt at a comprehensive review of Canada’s welfare state under then-minister of national health and welfare Marc Lalonde. It came with a surprisingly frank, surprisingly early admission that “Canadians increasingly have come to question the effectiveness of the nation’s social security programs.” And it enjoys a sort of mythical status in discussions of the subject. But try finding the thing itself.

It’s odd, given its iconic status and that you can find anything on the Internet, regardless of whether it’s true or not, that I finally had to unearth a battered paper copy in the archives of the University of Ottawa.

NOTE (by Gilles):

The Orange Paper (Working Paper on Social Security in Canada) is here: - (PDF - 3.6MB, 57 pages)

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