'Blind ideology' behind cancellation of basic income pilot

Kitchener Post

In the months since taking power, the current government seems to take the most joy in cancelling the initiatives of the previous one.

From things like the updating of the health education curriculum to Ontario’s green energy initiatives, if the previous government proposed it, then it must be destroyed.

It doesn’t matter the merits of the programs being cancelled. Some of the cancellations have been so reckless that Ontario taxpayers are now on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in cancellation fees and lawsuits.

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Money for a post-work world

Literary Review of Canada

In May 2017 Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at Harvard University and used his commencement address to call for something that even a few years earlier would have been regarded as radical, at least coming from a capitalist billionaire: Governments, he said, should start giving everyone a regular paycheque, no strings attached. “We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful,” Zuckerberg told his audience. “We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”

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A Canadian Basic Income Is Inevitable

In Canadian policy circles, basic income has come to mean a stipend paid to families or individuals without the many conditions and rules that govern existing income assistance programs. The amount received is gradually reduced as income from other sources increases.

However, basic income is not just about welfare reform. A basic income is most valuable to people in the middle class and those hoping to join them. Here's why a Canadian basic income is inevitable.

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Ontario Basic Income Cancellation Births A Movement In Thunder Bay

Huffington Post

It was pure coincidence that both meetings happened on the same day.

Fourteen participants in Ontario's basic income pilot project met Aug. 8 at a business incubator in the south end of Thunder Bay after the Progressive Conservative government announced it would wind the program down early.

They had been receiving cheques from the province every month, as part of a research project to measure the effect of handing out larger amounts of money than social assistance normally provides, without many requirements. Anyone in Thunder Bay who lived on less than $34,000 individually or $48,000 with a partner had been eligible to apply.

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Legal Action on Basic Income ongoing, says lawyer Mike Perry

Lindsay Advocate

The legal action against the Ontario government for cancelling the basic income pilot project is continuing on track, according to Lindsay lawyer Mike Perry.

The legal action is proceeding on two fronts. The first is a request to the court to overturn the Minister’s decision to cancel the pilot project. Originally scheduled to be heard in October, the matter will now be heard in Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) in late January, 2019.

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Hajdu says feds can't offer basic income project help

TB Newswatch

Proponents of Ontario’s now cancelled basic income pilot project descended on the constituency office of Liberal MP and cabinet minister Patty Hajdu on Friday afternoon, hoping she’d help convince the federal government to pick up the slack.

They left somewhat disappointed.

Hajdu told the group social assistance is under the jurisdiction of the province, and there was little she could do to convince Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford to change his mind.

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Basic Income gave recipients the chance to plan ahead

Mike Puffer (The Lindsay Advocate)

There’s certainly been a large amount of attention paid to the Province’s decision to end the Basic Income Pilot program early next year, rather than seeing the plan through fully to its original three-year time period.

As one of three Ontario communities selected for the program, the City of Kawartha Lakes has hundreds of residents currently receiving the guaranteed income payments.

Recently, members of Community Care’s health care team met with two clients who are Basic Income recipients. We heard their stories of how the program was making a bit of a positive difference for them and their families. Their willingness to share their stories was appreciated.

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