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July 14, 2017 An interview with Elaine Power by the North York Harvest Food Bank There has been quite a lot of talk about basic income lately in the news. A basic income is a guarantee to Canadian families and individuals that they will be able to meet a minimum income level regardless of employment … Continue reading Basic Income Basics
Several days ago, at a federal Poverty Strategy Consultation session, it was reported by a Government official that that the federal government’s attention has been drawn to basic income, thanks to its many supporters and submissions during the national consultations! While this is encouraging, it also means that we need to make strong, additional efforts … Continue reading We need your help!
Credit: https://www.kateraworth.com. by Kate Raworth No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments, and the tools used to tackle global poverty and manage our planetary home. Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for … Continue reading Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist
By Tim Miller, The Intelligencer For many Canadians all it takes is one event, one moment, to go from getting by to living on the street or not knowing where their next meal is coming from. For one 63-year-old Belleville resident, who asked only to be identified as Ron, that moment came when an injury … Continue reading The high price of poverty
PAUL NIEHAUS, MICHAEL FAYE Consequences matter when deciding how to spend 17 percent of the national income. When weighing whether some form of basic income is a good idea, impact is critical: on labor markets, on education, on entrepreneurship, on child rearing, on gender relations, on mental health, on political participation, and on all the … Continue reading Basic Income Works
BRISHEN ROGERS “Amazon needs only a minute of human labor to ship your next package,” read a CNN headline last October. The company has revolutionized its warehouse operations using an army of 45,000 robots and other technologies. Previously workers known as “pickers” would walk among shelves to find goods. Now robots bring the shelves to … Continue reading Basic Income in a Just Society
Roderick Benns Near Lock 33 in Lindsay, there is a constant buzz of activity in the summer. This town of 20,000 is part of the 386-km long Trent Severn Waterway, a system of 44 locks and 39 swing bridges. Children fish from the banks of the Scugog River as it snakes its way through town. … Continue reading ‘Norman Rockwell’ town of Lindsay will be under scrutiny with basic income pilot
Sam Haque, founder of Wise Media, joined Regent Park's Centre for Social Innovation four years ago. He now employs one staffer and hopes to add more, (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Mowat Centre report says basic income could spark social innovation by giving marginalized groups support to become social entrepreneurs. By LAURIE MONSEBRAATENSocial justice reporter Thu., May … Continue reading Basic income hailed as way to give people chance to chase their dreams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYv8XGl-YU (may want to skip to 5.5 min in to view) In his Harvard commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg advocated exploring a system in which all people receive a standard salary just for being alive, no questions asked. The system, known as universal basic income, is one of the trendiest economic theories … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech