The Basic Income ‘What’s in it for me’ Series: Employed people

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

In this series, we examine the value of a basic income guarantee to various sectors of society. In today’s column, we look at three reasons why it’s a great policy idea even for people who already have jobs.

A basic income should be Canada’s next great social program. Even if you are a fully employed person, there are many reasons to support a basic income guarantee. We’ll talk about just three of them below.

But first, what is a basic income guarantee?

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The Basic Income ‘What’s in it for me’ Series: Business owners

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

In this series, we examine the value of a basic income guarantee to various sectors of society. In today’s column, we look at three reasons why it’s a great policy idea for business owners.

A basic income should be Canada’s next great social program. If you are a business owner, there are many reasons to support a basic income guarantee. We’ll talk about just three of them below.

But first, what is a basic income guarantee?

A basic income would ensure that no Canadian would ever drop below the poverty line. Let’s say it was set at $20,000 per year. If someone earned $14,000 in one year, then at tax time an additional $6,000 would be given to that person, spread out over 12 months using the existing income tax system.

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City of Welland joins movement for basic income

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

Ontario’s City of Welland, about a half hour away from Niagara Falls, is backing Kingston’s basic income guarantee motion.

Led by Councillor Bonnie Fokkens, Council unanimously supported the motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, urging the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”

Momentum continues to build for this new shift in social policy, which would ultimately usher in the end of the welfare system and the beginning of a guaranteed income from the government that would keep people above the poverty line.

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Peterborough County adds supports for basic income resolution

By Roderick Benns

The County of Peterborough has endorsed a resolution first kick-started by Kingston, Ontario, to support the development of a basic income guarantee for Canadians.

The County is the upper tier level of municipal government and is composed of eight lower tier municipalities. Ontario’s Peterborough County is a mix of agriculture, urban life and lakeside cottages, along with wilderness areas in its north.

Just over a month ago, the City of Kingston became the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Its council unanimously passed a motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, hoping this will lead the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”

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Basic income and the trampoline vs the pit

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site.

We are told by educators and business leaders today that we need to be nimble for the job market. We are told that in a world with no borders, having an entrepreneurial mindset is the key – a remedy for all the contract work and ‘tasks’ that now masquerade as jobs.

We haven’t been told lies – this is all well and true. But we aren’t being told the whole truth, either.

The truth is that having such an attitude and stance is not enough. For most, there will be many times when one contract ends and another won’t begin seamlessly.

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Town of Pelham backs basic income movement

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

In the town where Canada’s largest sugar maple tree grows, the local town council hopes the growth of a movement will benefit its own people along the way, too.

The Town of Pelham, Ontario, is a rural-urban mix of communities in the heart of the Niagara Region. Council passed a motion this week endorsing a Kingston resolution calling for the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”

The Kingston resolution was forwarded to all municipalities in Ontario with the request that they consider indicating their own support for the initiative.

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Belleville joins Kingston, Cornwall, in push for basic income

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

Calling it “good social policy,” Councillor Garnet Thompson has recently sparked the City of Belleville to endorse a basic income guarantee proposal.

Less than a month ago, the City of Kingston became the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Its council unanimously passed a motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, hoping this will lead the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”

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