We need your help!

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!

Basic Income Works

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

‘Norman Rockwell’ town of Lindsay will be under scrutiny with basic income pilot

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

Basic income hailed as way to give people chance to chase their dreams

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

Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech

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

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 … 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 … 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? Mental-health care continues to stymie health-care providers and policy-makers with relatively few clinical advances and growing numbers of sufferers; especially alarming … Continue reading We can improve mental-health care by fighting poverty