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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 |

Children well-being and tax credits

Are tax credits the best means to promote physical activity among children? The federal government recently announced its intention to double the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit and make it refundable. Co-author of a CRDCN synthesis examining the relationship between income and children’s outcomes, Annie McEwen questions this decision in a recent oped published in the Ottawa Citizen: “Even if costs were the key barrier, a tax credit is ill-designed to improve access.” Read why here.

18 November 2014 - 11:38am |