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Canada has the ‘least-universal health care system’ in the world: André Picard

Health columnist André Picard. Photo, John Kenney.

What makes people healthy is not medicine. Medicine fixes people once they’re broken. What makes us healthy is our socio-economic environment, do you have money that you can live on? An income, an education, a roof over your head? Do you live in a physically safe environment, do you have social connections? We’re learning just how deadly things like loneliness can be.Continue reading “Canada has the ‘least-universal health care system’ in the world: André Picard”

Do They Owe Us a Living? 7 Reasons the Universal Basic Income is Worth Fighting For.

by Andrew Dolan

The Universal Basic Income (UBI) – sometimes called the Unconditional Basic Income, Citizens’ Income or Social Wage – has in recent times become a focus of economic discussion across the political spectrum. While column inches in the Financial Times and The Economist have been racking up, academics such as Stuart White have been articulating how valid cases for the UBI can be made from communist, liberal and republican perspectives. Here Andrew Dolan offers 7 reasons why the UBI should matter to people who want to move beyond capitalism: Continue reading “Do They Owe Us a Living? 7 Reasons the Universal Basic Income is Worth Fighting For.”

We can improve mental-health care by fighting poverty

Historically, Canadians embraced medicare as part of an effort to separate personal wealth from individual health. But, in defending our rights to enter hospitals without risking financial ruin, did we swallow a bitter pill? Continue reading “We can improve mental-health care by fighting poverty”

Can basic income help workers adapt to new world of AI?

As a self-confessed health-food eater, I rarely enter fast-food joints, but nostalgia and the feeling that it’s an obligatory childhood experience saw me bring my daughter to a McDonalds. While the novelty of receiving a toy with your food quickly won her over, what struck me most was the automation.

McDonald’s has always been known for its efficiency, but for many teenagers and young adults, it also functioned as a place to get your first job. They would train you, as you gained not only a paycheque, but experience.

But looking at the company’s new self-serve kiosks, I couldn’t help but think that the era of an eager teenager asking “would you like fries with that” will soon be a relic of the past. Continue reading “Can basic income help workers adapt to new world of AI?”

Conference – The New Economy and a Basic Income Guarantee

  • DATE:  May 29 2017
  • TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Innis Town Hall Theatre (2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2E8)
    Reception – 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
    CIRHR Library (121 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E8)
  • OPEN TO: Private event. Registration required.

This conference will bring together more than 250 representatives from academia, community, government, industry, law, unions and workers to:

•       Identify changes to the nature of employment, labour and work that are pushing stakeholders in work arrangements (e.g., government, industry, labour and workers) towards considering changes to social programs;
•       Understand the challenges, expectations and priorities of stakeholders to more effectively reflect their basic needs in the design of social programs;
•       Review the fundamentals, history, and purpose of a BIG, as well as the evidence and theory on the intended and unintended labour market impacts of such a policy;
•       Explore the relationship between a basic income guarantee policy and the broader politics of labour policy and redistribution in Ontario; and
•       Examine the economic, financial, political and social realities that are underlying stakeholders’ motivations towards administering, designing, organizing, planning, and receiving a BIG.

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease – Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy.


My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. My publisher has just released my latest book series on quantitative finance in worldwide distribution.

None of it feels like enough though. I feel as though I am wired for a permanent state of fight or flight, waiting for the other shoe to drop, or the metaphorical week when I don’t eat. I’ve chosen not to have children, partly because—despite any success—I still don’t feel I have a safety net. I have a huge minimum checking account balance in mind before I would ever consider having children. If you knew me personally, you might get glimpses of stress, self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. And you might hear about Tennessee. Continue reading “Why Poverty Is Like a Disease – Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy.”

Ontario on right track with basic income pilot, says Ontario Basic Income Network


Toronto, Canada – April 24, 2017

The Ontario government is moving in the right direction with regard to the forthcoming basic income pilot project, says a group of basic income advocates. The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) commented following Monday’s media event in Hamilton at which Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province’s plans for the pilot.

“We are pleased that the government will test how basic income can improve the lives of Ontarians,” says Rob Rainer, Chair of OBIN’s provisional steering committee. “Working-age adults in low income, including the working poor, who participate in the pilot are going to see a significant increase in income.” Continue reading “Ontario on right track with basic income pilot, says Ontario Basic Income Network”

Giving More People an Opportunity to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead – Ontario Basic Income Pilot to Launch in Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay

April 24, 2017 9:15 A.M.

Ontario is launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario’s economic growth.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced details of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) project today at LiUNA Station in Hamilton. The three-year study will test how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects of those living on low incomes while providing greater security for them and their families. Continue reading “Giving More People an Opportunity to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead – Ontario Basic Income Pilot to Launch in Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay”

Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment

The Richardson family got a new kitchen table and 12-year-old Eric got his first trip to the dentist.

The Wallaces, who had no running water or indoor plumbing in their farmhouse in the 1970s, were able to buy a nearly-new flatbed truck.

Forty years ago, they were among almost 2,200 Manitoba households that participated in “Mincome,” a three-year federal-provincial experiment that sent unconditional monthly payments to low-income families as a way to combat poverty and streamline social programs.

Continue reading “Ontario embraces no-strings-attached basic income experiment”

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