From my kitchen window I could see the two girls were about four and six years old.
They had just hopped out of a rusting, black Suzuki Esteem, circa 2001 maybe, making a beeline for our large recycling bin.
The father was grey, unshaven and hunched as he swiftly followed them. The youngest eagerly picked up a pop can and the father slapped it out of her hand back into the bin.
I could see him pick up a green Steam Whistle can and it was clear that he was explaining to her that the beer can was the real goal.Read more
Member of Provincial Parliament Laurie Scott says she is certain that as incomes increase under a basic income, or through finding a better job, this will lead to improved health for Lindsay-area residents.
The Progressive Conservative MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock says she is “glad Lindsay was chosen” and that she welcomes the basic income pilot.Read more
The multi-faith group in Toronto that held a basic income symposium last fall is launching another event in late October.
The Case for Solidarity: A Panel Discussion, will be held at University of St. Michael’s College on the evening of October 19, with panelists Senator Art Eggleton, Chandra Pasma, and Katherine Bullock. The moderator is Dr. Evelyn Forget.
Last year’s Basic Income symposium, which was hosted in collaboration with the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, had strong interfaith support from across the city.Read more
The co-founder of a major advocacy group in Canada for people with disabilities says there needs to be a “corrective balance” in the amount of money available for programs versus the amount of money available for individuals.
Within that difference lies the elements of providing a basic income to all Canadians who may need it, says Al Etmanski.Read more
In a speech delivered by Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Parliament, she called for research into the plausibility of a “citizens' basic income” for all Scots. But what are these universal payments, and how do they work?
What is a Universal Basic Income?
A universal basic income (UBI) is a type of welfare paid by the state to all citizens, rich or poor, working or not. The unemployed are paid it even if they are not seeking work.Read more
A universal basic income could make the US economy trillions of dollars larger, permanently, according to a new study by the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute.
Basic income, a proposal in which every American would be given a basic stipend from the government no strings attached, is often brought up as a potential solution to widespread automation reducing demand for labor in the future. But in the meantime, its critics typically allege that it is far too expensive to be practical, or else that it would spur millions of Americans to drop out of the labor force, wrecking the economy and depriving the government of a tax base for funding the plan.Read more
Ursula Samuels wants to know that basic income will help Hamiltonians on social assistance get ahead.
The 60-year-old mother who attended an information session at the Hamilton Central Library said she receives Ontario Works, and between juggling rent, food and other responsibilities, "it's a struggle every month to get by."
"What I want to see is that people would be better off," she added.
Karen Glass, assistant deputy minister at the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office, spoke about the province's three-year basic income pilot and fielded questions from the crowd of more than 75 people Monday night.
She explained that people on social assistance would have to forego their Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program payments to become part of the basic income study, but they would keep their health and dental benefits.Read more
Roderick Benns recently interviewed Robin Boadway, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Queen’s University. In a paper written with Katherine McCuff, a Professor from the Department of Economics at McMaster University, and Kourtney Koebel, an MA candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto, they argue a basic income is affordable for all Canadians.
Benns: One of the greatest concerns people have with a basic income guarantee is that it will simply cost too much to implement. You’ve shown in your recent paper that a basic income policy could indeed be afforded. Broadly, how can Canada make this happen?Read more
The Province is still searching for more Thunder Bay residents to sign up for a basic income pilot project.
A second information session was held earlier this week at the West Thunder Community Centre.
While application packages have already been mailed out to randomly selected households, officials say they still need more candidates.
Nearly 200 residents from Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas filled the hall, to ask questions about the basic income concept.Read more
The Daily Mail
Eccentric billionaire businessman, Richard Branson, says he believes a 'universal basic income' could be the way of the future and he would like to see more countries experiment with the idea.
The Virgin boss says such cash handouts could be the solution to more jobs being replaced by technology.
'With the acceleration of artificial intelligence and other new technology ... the world is changing fast,' he wrote in a posting on his website.