Region to be asked to lobby for basic income guarantee

St. Catharines Standard

Niagara’s public health department is asking regional councillors to lobby upper-tier governments to develop a guaranteed basic income pilot project, in light of the inequitable impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on low income residents.

A motion will be considered at Tuesday’s public health and social services committee meeting, recommends that councillors call on the federal and provincial government to prioritize measures to reduce poverty and income inequality in society, while recommending pilot projects such as basic income guarantee projects.

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Basic Income: Living without fear

Winnipeg Free Press

Basic Income Manitoba partnered with the Winnipeg Free Press for its essay contest that challenged entrants to write about what it would mean to have a society in which every individual had sufficient income for their basic needs.

As part of that partnership, the Free Press is publishing the winning entries from the high school and post-secondary categories.

High school winner: Heidi Jean, Maples Met School

Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, once wrote, "In the daily lives of most men and women, fear plays a greater part than hope: they are more filled with the thought of the possessions that others may take from them, than of the joy that they might create in their own lives and in the lives with which they come in contact."

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Basic Income: Is This the Time?


For many years, basic income was seen to be a niche political issue with sparse support among major political figures.

However, the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) and advocates in other countries have been tireless in its pursuit.

With reported successes in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot and growth of electoral support across North America galvanized by leaders like Andrew Yang, support has expanded.

In Canada, several senators and business leaders have aligned themselves behind the concept.

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We need guaranteed basic income

The Review

During this COVID 19 Pandemic, Justin Trudeau should seize this moment and take an initiative to implement new socially progressive programs, like a universal basic income and a national pharmacare program. Our country needs a Franklin Delano Roosevelt “New Deal” Approach to some of our country’s socioeconomic ills! Out of the Great Depression (1929 – 1939) and the Second World War (1939 – 1945) came Social Security and Unemployment Insurance, and in Canada’s case, Family Allowance (or the “Baby Bonus”).

Many of our European allies implemented universal public medicare (including pharmacare) systems in their respective countries long before Canada did. Now, hard times call for desperate measures!

Some people are aware that I have been involved with the Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations since it was first initiated by the former Danny Williams PC Government in 2005! When it comes to Poverty and our social safety net, it is a complicated issue.

Out of the poverty reduction strategy recommendations, there is pharmacare, dental care, child care, basic income, a living wage, housing, and medical transportation, etc.

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Halpenny: Youth voices are needed in the basic income debate

Ottawa Citizen

In April, Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan made a comment in the red chamber that should make young people from coast-to-coast-to-coast furious.

Pointing to the supposed work disincentives of benefits such as the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) or The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the senator described a scenario in which students did not pursue summer jobs, but were instead “hanging out by the pool, most likely at their parents’ house.”

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Basic Income Canada Network included in short list of 6 Canadian groups working toward positive change

Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) has been included in a recently published video wiki "Groups Working Toward Positive Change In Canada.

Millions of monthly visitors will have a chance to learn about BICN and its mission.

The group points out BICN is a non-partisan organization advocating for a Basic Income Guarantee for the country's population.

“Arguing that the rise of automation will drive mass unemployment, this group calls for a universal wage to serve as a safety net, supporting independence and career flexibility.

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BICN launches COVID-19 stories report, showing urgent need for basic income

The Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) today released a COVID-19 Stories Report, highlighting individual and family experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government response benefits, and the impact on their health and economic wellbeing. These experiences make a strong case for transitioning emergency measures into a basic income going forward.

The 141 stories reflect the diversity of people across the country living in a wide range of situations. They also reflect generosity and concern for others—the best of Canada. People able to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) express gratitude to the federal government for its rapid response, and for the $2000 per month amount of the benefit to enable basic needs to be met.

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