Parliamentary Committee Reports on National Strategy for Poverty Reduction

By Terrance Hunsley   HUMA – the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, (the name rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it.) has spent a year hearing from Canadian experts, social advocates, municipal and business leaders, about what the federal government can do to … More Parliamentary Committee Reports on National Strategy for Poverty Reduction

We Need a Canadian Research Council for our Social, Cultural and Economic Health

By Terrance Hunsley   We could take a lesson from the health system. Over the past four decades, the federal government, with provincial involvement, has invested in health research, health information systems, performance evaluation and innovation. Those investments are paying off in improved population health, improved health knowledge, services and products. We can sequence our … More We Need a Canadian Research Council for our Social, Cultural and Economic Health

Insiders and Outsiders in Health and Social Care

Recent research by Naomi Lightman (1) of the University of Toronto paints a stark picture of the earnings divide between health and social care professionals, and non-professionals working in the same sector, in English-speaking (read “liberal economy”) countries. Lightman looked at the distribution of employment in health and social care in The USA, UK, Ireland, … More Insiders and Outsiders in Health and Social Care

What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?

by Terrance Hunsley   There has been a lot of discussion about the need for a basic income of some form, in Canada as well as several other countries. Many proponents of reform call it a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), and it seems that several governments are considering it. I have already gone on record … More What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?

Strengthening Local Government Capacity in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Editor’s note: The following submission, reprinted with permission of the Maytree Foundation, tackles a subject of growing importance and growing potential in the affirmation of social, economic and cultural rights, and the strengthening of democratic governance.   Recommendations on strengthening the capacity of local governments to be effective in delivering on the obligations of the … More Strengthening Local Government Capacity in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Basic Income: Lets Not do a Pilot Project

Politudes Commentary by Terrance Hunsley Since the election of the Trudeau government, there has been increased interest in the concept of basic income (also known as guaranteed income, and negative income tax). The confluence of liberal governments in Ottawa and seven provinces, as well as two NDP governments, suggests that a political consensus may be … More Basic Income: Lets Not do a Pilot Project

From Welfare State to Enabling Society?

The following summary is reprinted with permission of the author and the (Canadian) Institute for Research on Public Policy. The essay, “The Enabling Society” written by social policy expert Peter Hicks, can be accessed by the link at the end of the summary.  Summary:The Enabling Society Amid growing concerns over the potential impact of population … More From Welfare State to Enabling Society?

An International Evidence-based Social Service Model: Housing First (HF)

Housing First (originally Pathways to Housing as first implemented and evaluated in New York City) has become an international model for learning about evidence-based practice in social services. It has been implemented and evaluated in many countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Finland and the list continues to grow. A major HF … More An International Evidence-based Social Service Model: Housing First (HF)