P.E.I.'s Green Party released its full platform for the coming provincial election Monday afternoon. The platform includes about $30 million in new spending, with the biggest chunk — $10 million — going toward increasing social assistance rates.
"We acknowledge poverty is a complex issue, but envision fewer people living in poverty by immediately increasing access to existing programs and services," the platform said. "I believe that Islanders want a government that presents a pathway toward a practical, harmonious, and affordable future," said Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker.Read more
Former premier Kathleen Wynne said she regrets that her government did not bring in the now-scrapped basic income pilot project earlier during their time in power. "I wish that we had done it sooner," the Don Valley West MPP said in response to a question from a basic income pilot participant at the Hamilton Public Library Monday.
The previous leader of Ontario's Liberal party said she was "fighting back tears" as she delivered the keynote address at an appreciation day for basic income participants.Read more
Not only can basic income make people feel better about their finances, but it can also make them feel better about society, according to a new report from Kela, the government agency behind Finland’s recently wrapped two-year-long basic income experiment. “Respondents who received a basic income had more trust in other people and in societal institutions” than people who didn’t receive payments, Kela wrote in the report — a finding that suggests basic income may lead to increased trust in police, politicians, and similar groups.Read more
Deidre Pike - Hamilton Spectator
I shared a sacred moment with a stranger this week. We stood together as the Earth rolled toward the Sun, allowing for rays of light to beckon pink and blue hues across the sky and become the new day. We witnessed this spectacle together in Lindsay, where we met behind the Days Inn and Suites.
While it was still dark we sipped our beverages and talked about our lives and the paths that brought us to this place. Corey lives in Mitchell and usually does his barn building work — installing trough, feed, and ventilation systems — closer to home. He lives with his partner who is pregnant with the first child they're bringing into the world together, and three other children he is proud to co-parent.Read more
The Advocate has learned that the four participants in the province’s basic income pilot project are seeking $200 million in general damages. To that end, they have filed a multi-million class-action lawsuit against the Ford government over its early cancellation of the project.
The lawsuit, filed with the court in Lindsay, alleges the government breached its contract with the pilot project’s 4,000 participants in the communities of Lindsay, Thunder Bay and Hamilton. The plaintiffs also claim the government was negligent and breached its undertaking and common law duties in deciding to cancel the project only one year into its three-year term.Read more
It’s the end of the line for Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (BIP), which was intended to improve the lives of those in poverty.
In April 2017, the previous Liberal government announced it was giving 4,000 people — half of them in the City of Kawartha Lakes — up to $33,000 per year to find work or better their education.
Under the program, single residents got just under $17,000 annually while couples received approximately $24,000. The BIP was rolled out in three Ontario cities.Read more
On day two of a peaceful protest in front of Minister of Labour Laurie Scott’s office in Lindsay, lawyer and social worker Mike Perry was informed they were not welcome to enter the constituency office. Neither, apparently, is media, as Scott’s staff members would not even let Pamela VanMeer of Kawartha411 in to ask a question about the protest.
Not even the postal carrier could get in because of the locked door and simply moved on with the day’s mail.Read more
Ontario's basic income pilot project was widely expected to last three years, and for participants who made financial commitments based on that, the program's early end next week is creating new financial stress.
The province's previous Liberal government launched the basic income pilot in 2017 to see if more money could change the lives of people with low incomes, choosing 4,000 people to receive payments in the Ontario communities of Lindsay, Thunder Bay, Brantford and Hamilton.
Pilot participant Dana Bowman, who will now go back to relying on the Ontario Disability Support Program after her last payment arrives on Monday, says she was "completely gutted" when Doug Ford's newly elected Progressive Conservative government announced last summer it would be cancelling the program.Read more
Almost 37 years ago to the day, during the fiery aftermath of an early Margaret Thatcher budget, the prime minister was allegedly challenged to name just two economists who endorsed her agenda of cutting public spending in the midst of recession – a prescription that was otherwise sending waves through orthodox academic thinking. “Alan Walters, and Professor Patrick Minford,” she is said to have replied – before later remarking, “thank goodness they didn’t ask for three.”Read more
It may seem premature to debate the logistics of universal basic income(UBI), when the first hurdle is getting the public and policymakers on boardwith the concept. But policy can live or die in the details.
One thorny aspect is whether a basic income should target those of working age, all adults, or everyone. In the U.S., entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has chosen the all-adults approach. The cornerstone of his platform is a basic income, branded a “Freedom Dividend,” of $1,000 per month. This would be paid out to all U.S. citizens aged 18 and over, in the hopes of curbing poverty, allowing for creative and useful forms of unpaid labor to flourish, providing a safety net for those displaced by the automation of work, and even growing the economy.Read more