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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 |

SSHRC Storyteller contest

We are happy to report that Annie McEwen, co-author of the CRDCN knowledge synthesis on the impact of income on children’s outcomes, was selected among SSHRC’s Top 25 storytellers finalists. She presented her research on May 26 in a special event at the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by Brock University. You can watch her presentation “Beyond Child Poverty: Understanding Childhood Disadvantage in Canada” here.

Future of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Canada

On behalf of the CRDCN, Bob McNutt and Byron Spencer have submitted a brief to Industry Canada in response to its call for public feedback on the renewal of Canada’s science, technology and innovation strategy. The submission highlights the contribution of the CRDCN as an essential world-class level research infrastructure for Canadian social scientists and health-related researchers, for managing and analysing confidential data to inform public policy and for training highly qualified researchers capable of applying state-of-the-art quantitative methods: “With proper financial support we will be able to build on our existing structure and strength to expand greatly both the variety and the volume of the data files that we study and, in that way, to engage fully in the world of big data.”

28 February 2014 - 3:02pm |