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
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
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.
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
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 … Continue reading Can basic income help workers adapt to new world of AI?