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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City of Cornwall, Ontario, endorses basic income

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

Often called the poorest city in Ontario, the City of Cornwall in eastern Ontario has passed a motion endorsing basic income guarantee policy.

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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New academic paper on basic income suggests it’s time to get specific on policy proposals

A new PhD dissertation by Jurgen De Wispelaere explores the political and administrative feasibility of basic income, such as how to translate basic income from a worthy, general idea to something that is tangible and ready to implement.

De Wispelaere notes that basic income advocates face an uphill battle against politicians and a general public that is broadly skeptical about giving “money for nothing.” He also argues that too many people “think about basic income as a general idea rather than a set of specific policy proposals.”

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Because it’s 2016: Canada could pioneer basic income for all

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

It’s a dubious milestone, but one we must acknowledge. According to Oxfam, this is the year in which the wealthiest one percent will surpass the combined wealth of the rest of the world.

And because it’s 2016, perhaps we should wish to do something about that.

What can Canada do, a country with only .50 percent of the world’s population?

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New Book -- Free Money for All: A Basic Income Guarantee Solution for the 21st Century

The Basic Income library is getting another book for its shelves: Mark Walker, Associate Professor of Philosophy at New Mexico State University has written a new book, Free Money for All, in which he proposes a Basic Income Guarantee of $10,000 for all adult US citizens.

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Prospect of minimum income gaining steam

From the National Post

At a Montreal convention in 2014 when the Liberal party was a lowly third power in Parliament, its members passed Policy Resolution 100, pledging to create a “Basic Annual Income” to solve problems in the social safety net, from pension risk to seasonal worker benefits.

That promise, to guarantee a minimum income, has a new urgency entering 2016, as the new Liberal majority government brings that platform to life in a country clamouring for new ways to manage welfare and benefits.

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Namibian president unleashes new plan for Basic Income Grant

After months of meetings, studies and reports on Basic Income, Namibia takes another step forward towards adopting a basic income policy. President Hage Geingob has announced new plans that will aim to eradicate poverty by 2025. At the heart of this radical strategy is the introduction of basic income grants.

The “Harambe towards prosperity” Masterplan sets out a variety of new policy ideas to kick-start the Namibian economy. These ideas are aimed at building a stronger infrastructure, and introducing major economic and social developments.

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