Evelyn Forget to speak in Toronto

Seoul, Korea: Conference “Innovation, social investment and basic income”


On the 8th and 9th of November 2018, a Conference intitled “Innovation, social investment and basic income” will be hosted in the Institute for Welfare State Research, located in Seoul, South Korea.

This two-day Conference will focus on welfare strategies, social investment politics and policies, as well as basic income. The Conference is International and will feature speakers such as Nick Pearce (IPR, University of Bath), Reijo Miettinen (University of Helsinki), Jurgen De Wispelaere (IPR, University of Bath) and Hansoo Choi (Korea Institute of Public Finance), among others.

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Singh calls on Liberals to save Ontario's axed basic income pilot

CBC News

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the federal government to pick up the tab on Ontario's recently cancelled basic income pilot project.

"Strong government leadership is required to address the challenges of our changing economic landscape. That's why I'd like to take this opportunity today to call on the federal government to step in and fund the remainder of the basic income pilot project," said Singh during a speech to the Council of Canadian Innovators in Ottawa Tuesday.

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Schreiner and May ask Trudeau to rescue Basic Income pilot

Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner, and Green Party of Canada Leader, Elizabeth May, sent the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dear Prime Minister:

We are writing to ask the Government of Canada to step forward to complete the Basic Income pilot project in Ontario. We believe the data and information collected from the pilot project is in the national interest.

As you might be aware, the Government of Ontario recently decided to cancel the Basic Income pilot program that was testing a transformative approach to tackling poverty.

The project was set to run for three years, providing payments to 4,000 low-income people in communities including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay. Single participants received up to $16,989 a year while couples received up to $24,027.

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We need a plan: Universal Basic Income will help us manage through an uncertain future

Stephen Brown

In navigating the world’s economy through the near-death experience of the 2008-2009 financial crisis the then U.S. Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner would occasionally point out to his economic team that, “plan beats no plan 100 per cent of the time.” This was to say that if you did not like what was being put forward, that is fine, but you had better come up with a better idea. Not having a plan was not an option. I believe this sentiment is necessary today with respect to Universal Basic Income or UBI.

As a society, we are on the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The primary feature of this revolution is the introduction of artificial intelligence(AI). AI has almost unfathomable potential and we had best tread carefully in terms of the ethics and governance of such a powerful capability. The  debate is not whether the introduction of AI will cause major shifts in the job market – it will – but  whether this disruption will propel us to a future of increasing numbers of new, satisfying jobs or a dystopian one in which large portions of the population have had their jobs replaced by robots and networks. In my view, this is one of those situations where the adage, “hope for the best but plan for the worst” is entirely appropriate. I am not arguing that we should destroy our economy or naively disincentivize people. The range of options are not limited to these simplistic positions.

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100 Canadian CEOs urge Doug Ford to rescue Ontario’s basic income project

The Star

Floyd Marinescu has never forgotten the fear and frustration of growing up in a home scarred by domestic violence.

“I always dreamed my mother would just leave,” said the 39-year-old Toronto businessman. “But I knew she didn’t have the financial means.”

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What is meaningful work?

Elaine Power
Doug Saunders has fallen into a trap common among privileged men, who too often assume that all work is meaningful and that the only work that is meaningful is paid employment. Neither is true. Undoubtedly, some of the jobs that AI creates will be creative, and fulfilling. Others (maybe most) will be dull, tedious, and precarious. For those whose only options are in the second category, a basic income would provide them more choice about how to spend their time meaningfully.
If you ask those who were part of Ontario’s now cancelled Basic Income Pilot Project—many of whom were in the workforce holding multiple part-time or poorly paid jobs—about the impacts of a guaranteed income floor, they will tell you that it allowed them to participate more fully in society.
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