By Roderick Benns
Four panelists met in the southwestern Ontario city of Guelph Wednesday night to debate the merits of a basic income guarantee. When the dust settled, there may have been more common ground than first imagined.
The central question of the evening was ‘Can a Basic Income Guarantee Eliminate Poverty?’ Sheila Regehr (pictured left, top) chair of the Basic Income Canada Network, kicked off the evening with a 20-minute introduction about basic income. She was then in conversation with Peter Clutterbuck (left, bottom), from the Social Planning Network of Ontario, Noah Zon, (right, top) Director of Policy and Research, Maytree, and Dr. Nicola Mercer, (right, bottom) Medical Officer of Health, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.Read more
By Roderick Benns
Basic Income Canada Network Chair Sheila Regehr will tackle some of the common challenges she hears about basic income policy at an event in Guelph this Wednesday, Sept. 28th.
Regehr is the keynote speaker for an evening hosted by the Guelph Community Health Centre, the Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, and CFUW Guelph.
The key theme of the evening is ‘Can a Basic Income Guarantee Eliminate Poverty?’ After Regehr speaks, she will then be in conversation with Peter Clutterbuck, from the Social Planning Network of Ontario, Noah Zon, Director of Policy and Research, Maytree, and Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.Read more
This ran as a letter to the editor in the Waterloo Record, in response to an op-ed piece expressing concern about Ontario's basic income pilot.
In their recent op-ed, Joey Edwardh and Peter Clutterbuck expressed their concern about the upcoming Ontario basic income guarantee pilot and argued for more emphasis on other social services, particularly job creation aimed at full employment.
I agree that the desired outcomes of our social and economic security system should be security, stability and dignity — in other words, good quality of life and well-being.
I also agree with the authors' concern that the government might implement a basic income guarantee and cut too many other supports. No one should expect any one social program to satisfy every need of every person. No basic income advocate that I know of thinks basic income alone can do that.Read more