The Lindsay Advocate
A Lindsay woman who has been receiving a basic income for the past three months says her life has taken a turn for the better – including an improvement in her mental health.
Barb Munro was on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for depression and mental illness, before deciding to apply for basic income a few months ago under the new pilot set up by the Province.
Since her acceptance into the program, it has doubled her income to just over $1,800 a month.
“Even mentally I feel better,” says Munro, “because I know I still have some money in my bank account” later in the month.Read more
New research from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy suggests that a universal basic income would not cause people to leave the workforce.
Such proposals, including one considered by Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign, include direct payments that ensure each resident has a baseline of income to provide for basic needs. While previous research has focused on the effects of these unconditional cash transfers at the micro level—for example, winning the lottery— this study examined their large-scale impact by looking a government program that has supported Alaska residents for the past 25 years.
A universal basic income (UBI) is at the heart of the debate about how society will organize itself after robots and algorithms do more and more of today’s work. Not everyone agrees how we do this.
One side argues, with some evidence, that giving all citizens a minimum stipend that covers basic needs discourages punching our time cards. Jobs also give us more than just money, they offer purpose and social cohesion.Read more
Basic income has genuine momentum now as a social policy option, not just in Canada, but around the world.
To play a supportive role, Basic Income Canada Network is now offer a series of 11 short ‘primers’ on basic income that answers many questions, from how it could work, to why it is needed, and how it might impact you.Read more
The Lindsay Advocate
The co-front man for one of Canada’s greatest bands, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, says people are born into economic and social circumstances that either shows a wide horizon before them, or a small horizon – and when it’s small, it’s “suffocating.”
The singer was speaking to The Lindsay Advocate from St. John, New Brunswick, while on tour with the Jim Cuddy band to promote his recent solo album. Blue Rodeo will be performing in Lindsay on March 22 at the Academy Theatre in support of Women’s Resources.
In a wide-ranging discussion of social issues, he says he doesn’t buy the stereotype about low income people being lazy.Read more
From Policy Press
Is a Universal Basic Income the answer to an increasingly precarious job landscape?
Could it bring greater financial freedom for women, tackle the issue of unpaid but essential work, cut poverty and promote greater choice? Or is it a dead-end utopian ideal that distracts from more practical and cost-effective solutions?
Stockton, California, is testing a universal basic income for a select group of families to see whether the program could evolve into a broader policy, Fox News reports.
How will it work?
The plan is to give $500 per month to several dozen families, and then to monitor them and see how the money is used and how it impacts “self-esteem and identity.”
The money will come mostly from The Economic Security Project, which is donating $1 million toward the experiment.Read more
The new and innovative social program that Ontario is testing in Lindsay and two other Ontario centres – a ‘basic income guarantee’ — is surging in participant numbers.
According to Ministry spokesperson, Matt Ostergard, the Lindsay Advocate has learned that as of the end of January there were 2,544 participants across the three pilot locations of Lindsay, Thunder Bay, and Hamilton and Brant County.
The Province is looking for those numbers to be capped at 4,000 participants, meaning there is less than 1,500 people left to sign up. However, 2,000 of those participants will be from Lindsay, making it the linchpin in studying how receiving a higher income will affect people’s lives and the community as a whole.Read more
The Flamborough Review
How would your life be different if your income were taken care of?
Last April, the provincial government announced an experiment to test basic income in three areas of Ontario. This month, residents of Flamborough will have a chance to apply to be part of the Ontario Basic Income pilot.
The idea of basic income is to provide a financial foundation for those who don’t earn enough on fixed incomes or at their jobs to make ends meet.Read more
Arvind Subramanian raised the idea of paying a small sum to every adult and child, regardless of their wealth, in India's Economic Survey 2016-17, an annual document released by the ministry of finance.Read more