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Is the Time Ripe for a Garanteed Annual Income in Canada?

This is what Evelyn L. Forget, academic director of the Manitoba RDC, and Noraloo Roos suggest in a recent piece published in The Globe and Mail. They review the available evidence and show that a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) would offers several health, educational and financial benefits. You can read it here.

In the News: Gay Pay for Straight Work

Do gays and lesbians get equal pay for equal work, compared to heterosexuals? In a new study published in Gender & Society, Sean Waite and Nicole Denier, two young researcher from McGill University, used census 2006 data to examine this question. Their findings were recently discussed in The Atlantic. You can also listen to Richard Mueller (Lethbridge University), who used the 2001 General Social Survey (GSS) to compare earning amongst same-sex couples and different-sex couples: Straight Pay for the Queer Guy?.

30 July 2015 - 3:43pm |

Future of Data in the Canadian Social Sciences: an action plan

BCIRDC Academic Director Kevin Milligan was recently invited by data librarians from Western Canada to address the future of data in the social sciences. In his talk, he argues that Canada is not ready for the large shift that is currently moving the data world away from surveys and toward administrative datasets and that if we fail to keep up with this transformation, we will fall behind in both our capacity to attract and retain the best researchers and graduate students and in our capacity to contribute to a better understanding of our changing society. Looking forward, and in order to live up to this challenge, he proposes a three-pronged action plan, focused on redeveloping things that have been lost: public trust from fellow Canadians, by adopting a Charter of Data Practices; support for funding data, because good data need real dollars; and census, because we need it: “it is the ultimate anchor for nearly everything we do with data.” His PowerPoint presentation and speaking notes are available here.

15 December 2014 - 10:58am |