Canada looks to PEI for leadership on basic income policy

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

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Perhaps now, in the middle of a federal election, it would be a good time to stop pretending that we are helpless to eliminate poverty. In a nation as wealthy and as privileged as Canada, poverty is simply a social construction. It is the result of decisions we continue to make (or not make) as a society — and it is costing us dearly. Inequality breeds poorer health outcomes. It drains our economy. It compromises our moral purpose as one of the world’s leading nations.

 

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Charlottetown mayor calls for basic income guarantee policy

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

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It’s time to improve the quality of life for all Canadians, says Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee – and the best way to do it is to implement a basic income guarantee policy. Lee says such a policy – also known as a guaranteed annual income or minimum income — must be created in tandem with other social supports to be effective.

“I support the concept of a basic income guarantee, but a national discussion is needed to address affordable housing, addictions and available treatments, poverty and, as part of that, the idea of a basic income guarantee,” he says.

 

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Ottawa man says basic income could make world of difference

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

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From the time he was a toddler, John Dunn was bounced around 13 times from one Ontario foster home to the next until he turned 18. He was originally taken into care due to complications from his mother’s severe — and often suicidal — bi-polar disorder and alcoholism, and was separated from his three siblings in the process.

There was often abuse, and he knows the experiences left an imprint on the shape of his life.

“I think I began to develop a constant mourning…of friends, family, and pretty well anything I began to become familiar with,” Dunn, now 44, tells Leaders and Legacies.

 

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