By Michael Swan
The Catholic Register
If the economy leaves 1.3 million Canadian children living in poverty, is the economy really working?
The answer is pretty clear for Senator and former Toronto mayor Art Eggleton.
“The system has failed,” he told religious leaders gathered at Queen’s Park Nov. 24.
“The band-aid approach, the incremental approaches that have been tried over the years – as good as the intentions have been – still haven’t been enough to really move the (poverty) numbers in a big way.”
Little tweaks here and there to welfare systems aren’t going to change the outlook for a million Canadian households who can’t pay the rent and put food on the table, Eggleton told members of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARAC). Too many Canadians have been left behind by a rapidly transforming and globalizing economy, he said.Read more
The time is ripe to start moving away from current welfare models and towards a basic income for Canadians, says former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal.
Former P.E.I. premier Robert Ghiz said in 2014 he supported trying a basic income on P.E.I., and the current government has told CBC News it still supports the idea.
Segal has written a plan for a basic income pilot project for Ontario, which he expects will go ahead next year. The plan proposes that those aged 18 to 65, who are living under the low-income poverty line in Ontario, earn a basic income of at least $1,320 a month. People with disabilities would receive $500 more.Read more
By Roderick Benns
As Ontario gets set to introduce a Basic Income pilot in April of next year, Ayesha Valliani has been a part of a multi-faith approach call to action in support of the policy.
Last month in Toronto, Valliani served on the organizing committee for a Basic Income symposium, which was hosted in collaboration with the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, with very strong interfaith support from across the city.
Organizational partners of the event were the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, University of St. Michael’s College, and Massey College, with funding from essentially every faith community, says Valliani.Read more
Kamloops This Week
The B.C. Liberal government will have its eye on Ontario in coming months, watching to see if the province moves forward with a recommendation to introduce a guaranteed income.
Kamloops-South Thompson MLA and Transportation Minister Todd Stone said both Ontario and Ottawa are looking at the idea, noting Victoria will be “watching very closely what they do.”
The concept received another boost this week with the annual report from Food Banks Canada, which not only proposed creation of a guaranteed income, but suggested a timeline for steps to be taken that would see the goal fulfilled.Read more
Food Banks Canada calls for national basic income to combat growing hunger problem
Food bank use in Canada is on the rise, and some provinces and territories have seen "drastic" surges in use since last year, a new report says.
In March 2016, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in Canada, up 1.3 per cent from the same time last year, and 28 per cent from March 2008, according to the Hunger Count 2016 report from Food Banks Canada.
Every province had an increase except Ontario and Manitoba, and some saw double-digit spikes.Read more
By Kate McFarland
Canadian journalist Roderick Benns, publisher of the progressive news site Leaders and Legacies, has devoted much of the past two years to interviewing experts on basic income–with a focus on the possibility of a basic income in Canada.
On the basis of the material accumulated in this time, Benns has now produced a 290-page book on basic income, Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World, which is now available for purchase through Amazon.Read more
A group dedicated to countering poverty is planning to investigate what constitutes a living wage in Sarnia-Lambton.
“I would say it’s a minimum of $15 to start with,” said Karen Mathewson, chairperson of the Sarnia-Lambton Poverty Reduction Network.
A network sub-committee is planning in 2017 to look into calculating the wage – designed to cover food, clothing, shelter and transportation, while still allowing decent quality of life, she said.
“There’s a lot of things that you have to take a look at in your community – how much a basket of food costs; how much is car insurance; how much daycare costs.”Read more
By Roderick Benns
With Canada’s 150th birthday year less than two months away, Hugh Segal is calling for the federal government to get involved in Ontario’s pilot project on Basic Income as a nation-building opportunity.
Retired Conservative Senator Hugh Segal’s long awaited report on a guaranteed annual income was released last week, which will see Canada’s largest province set up a multi-year pilot to measure its effectiveness.
In the report to Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government, Segal recommends a monthly payment of at least $1,320 for a single person which is about 75 percent of the province’s poverty line. For those with disabilities, Segal suggests a top-up of at least $500 a month.Read more
CBC News -- 'As it Happens'
The best government solution to poverty might be the simplest one: give money to poor people, no strings attached.
That's the idea behind a basic income pilot program for Ontario. This week, former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal released a discussion paper on how the pilot program should work.
Segal is proposing that people between the ages of 18 to 65, who are living under the low-income poverty line in Ontario, will earn a basic income of at least $1320 per month. Individuals with disabilities will receive $500 more.Read more
By Roderick Benns
Retired Conservative Senator Hugh Segal’s long awaited report on Ontario’s Basic Income pilot has been released, where he emphasizes the need to understand the full costs of poverty before fairly evaluating the new pilot.
Segal recommends a monthly payment of at least $1,320 for a single person which is about 75 percent of the province’s poverty line. For those with disabilities, Segal suggests a top-up of at least $500 a month.
The retired senator says any pilot project must understand poverty’s costs, not only in the present welfare and disability payments, “but also in terms of added pressures on our health system, and the Ontario economy as a whole, through its impacts on economic productivity and existing government revenues.”Read more