Kudos to the Canadian Education System

Canadian federal and provincial governments can take a bow. The provincial education systems have been very successful for many years, and getting even better at expanding access to tertiary studies. The latest OECD report comparing the educational attainment of the population in member countries shows Canada in a very positive perspective. And it is likely … More Kudos to the Canadian Education System

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?

Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings

For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings

Teen Dating Violence: Are we making progress?

Thanks to President (and Michelle) Obama, February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month in the USA. Researchers and educators are warning of the pervasiveness of this problem and the consequences for the health and social adjustment of adolescent victims and perpetrators. These concerns and the connections to other forms of youth crime, violence and … More Teen Dating Violence: Are we making progress?