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 to ensure that basic income ultimately makes its way onto the federal agenda. We’re encouraging all basic income supporters to write to Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, copying their Members of Parliament and Prime Minister Trudeau, expressing support of basic income. Even something short could be highly effective – and the more writers we can get, the better!
The addresses of the Minister and Prime Minister are as follows:
The Honourable Mr. Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development
The House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
The Honourable Mr. Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Remember that no stamp is necessary on letters to representatives in the federal government! Let’s show the government just how many people are behind this movement!
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 Pity then that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet still dominate decision-making for the future. 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 to his foot sidelined him for eight months. Doctors were able to save the foot, but, by the time he was mobile again, crippling arthritis had taken root. Continue reading “The high price of poverty”
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 myriad other aspects of public and private life that will change if the government gives us all enough money to live. Continue reading “Basic Income Works”
“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 them; pickers select goods, scan them, and put them into bins; after robots whisk the shelves away. A network of automated conveyer belts then sends the bins to “packers,” who spend just fifteen seconds on each, sealing boxes with tape that is automatically dispensed at the perfect length. “By the time you take an Amazon delivery off your stoop, walk into your home, find a pair of scissors and open the brown box,” the story intoned, “you’ve already spent nearly as much time handling the package as Amazon’s employees.” Continue reading “Basic Income in a Just Society”
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. Visitors stroll along the wooden boardwalk, snapping up pictures of the town’s old mill.
The locks, old mill, and river parks are the natural heart of Lindsay, all just mere steps away from its healthy downtown core. Here, one of the widest main streets in Ontario bustles with people and patios. It’s a downtown where people still actually shop, free from the retail clout of Wal-Mart, though developers continue to try and change that.
Lindsay, as local basic income advocate Mike Perry calls it, is a “Norman Rockwell town” of the north. Continue reading “‘Norman Rockwell’ town of Lindsay will be under scrutiny with basic income pilot”
Mowat Centre report says basic income could spark social innovation by giving marginalized groups support to become social entrepreneurs. Continue reading “Basic income hailed as way to give people chance to chase their dreams”
(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 of the past few years. Experiments in basic income have popped up in Kenya, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, and San Francisco, California, among other places. Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech”