British Columbia is planning to introduce a pilot program that would give some residents a basic income in what will be part of a series of legislative strategies to fight poverty, the minister in charge said Monday.
Poverty Reduction Minister Shane Simpson said his government wants to test the effectiveness of providing people with a basic income to reduce poverty, improve health, employment and housing prospects.Read more
In the fight against food insecurity the local health unit says boosting income is the only real solution to helping people gain access to healthy food.
To raise awareness of food insecurity, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is launching a new campaign called Rethink Poverty: Change Minds, Change Lives – and they’re urging citizens to press their MP and MPP for a basic income policy.
The Progressive Conservative MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Laurie Scott, previously told The Lindsay Advocate she is “glad Lindsay was chosen” and that she welcomes the basic income pilot.Read more
The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is in town this week and has organized a free public discussion on basic income this Friday, Nov. 3 — but it won’t be at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay after all, because of the protracted strike.
Instead, it will be at Celebrations, at 35 Lindsay St. N., the former Cambridge Street United Church, from 3:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens at 3 pm.
About 2,000 students in Lindsay have been left out of class in a battle about job quality for college instructors.
Audrey Healy, union steward for Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 352, says that 81 per cent of courses taught at Ontario colleges are taught by contract faculty. These instructors go from semester to semester, never knowing if they will have another course to teach.
A Manitoba Liberal leadership candidate promises to design a guaranteed income for the province, if chosen to lead his party.
If elected as leader Saturday, Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard said he’d launch a task force to develop a province-wide basic income.
The idea was tested four decades ago in Manitoba through a federal/provincial minimum income pilot project in Dauphin.
Gerrard says that 1974 to 1979 test succeeded in raising people out of poverty.
A basic income guarantee, such as the pilot project currently running in three Ontario communities, is not an infallible teaching of the Catholic Church, but it can’t be dismissed, one of the Vatican’s top economic advisors told an interfaith conference on basic income.
“There’s no Catholic economic policy,” conceded economist Charles Clark in a keynote address to about 40 academics and basic income advocates at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto Oct. 20.
“We can’t call up the Fed and say ‘We want the Catholic interest rate.’ ”
The mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenberger, says his gut tells him basic income is “the wise thing to do” for an employment landscape that is rapidly changing.
Eisenberger told Case for Basic Income that he would like to think that all political parties, both provincial and federal, understand the need to do something different to guard against sweeping economic change.
“It’s about the changing employment environment and any self-respecting government should recognize that,” he says, pointing out he hopes if there is a government change in Ontario that the pilot would be allowed to continue.Read more
Hearing a lot about basic income lately? Here are five things you might not have known about this emerging social policy idea.
We do it already…for seniors and families.
While it might be hard to imagine now, the majority of Canadians used to face great hardship in their senior years.
Fortunately, by the 1970s a number of public policies turned that situation around dramatically. This included Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), both forms of basic income that are not based on employment.
The way OAS works, everyone who has lived in Canada long enough can get it when they turn 65. It provides the same amount to everyone, except for those with higher incomes. In that case, it is taxed back based on relative need. For seniors who have little extra income, the GIS is added to that – what we call a refundable tax credit.Read more
Foreign Affairs Magazine
Is the world—or at least some countries—ready for a basic income? These two books argue strongly in the affirmative. Such a policy involves the government providing cash grants to every member of society at a level that could sustain life: an amount equal to one-quarter of GDP per capita would suffice, suggest Van Parijs and Vanderborght.Read more
At Lindsay’s homeless shelter, more people are driving themselves to get there these days.
That’s not a good sign according to Lorrie Polito, the executive director of ‘A Place Called Home,’ Lindsay’s 19-bed shelter.
Having a car suggests some level of income from having a job. It’s a sign of the desperation of the so-called ‘working poor,’ those who are employed on some level but yet not making enough to get by.Read more
Poverty, especially child poverty, is a huge black mark in my hometown of Surrey and in British Columbia and Canada at large. We know that poverty leads to poor health and social outcomes for children in later years. Poverty is essentially a waste of human resources. It ensures that a segment of the population will not be living up to their potential.
Thousands of people are forced to take low-wage jobs with no benefits or pension to pay the bills. They are unable to pursue their true passion in life, whether that is to go to school or start a new company or volunteer in the community.Read more