As we approach the holidays, many people who are receiving basic income are, for the first time in a long time, able to buy gifts for loved ones or can afford to do activities with their kids.
Giving is not only good for the soul, as the saying goes, but also one’s physical and emotional health. The evidence is unassailable.
- In his book Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Stephen Post, a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University in the U.S., reports that giving to others can enhance health benefits in people who are coping with a chronic illness.
- In a 2006 study by Rachel Piferi of Johns Hopkins University and Kathleen Lawler of the University of Tennessee, giving was shown to even improve physical health and longevity because it decreases stress. People who provided social support to others had lower blood pressure than those in the study who didn’t, suggesting a direct physiological benefit to the power of giving.
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.
The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is hosting a free public discussion on basic income in early November at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.
The Nov. 3 event is a chance to explore how basic income might benefit the town, according to Chair of OBIN’s provisional steering committee, Rob Rainer.
“The public event is an opportunity to explore the various ways basic income could really help the people of Lindsay,” he says.Read more
By Rob Rainer
We are at the dawn of a new era of technology without parallel in history. Along with it, concern is rising that automation of all kinds, being developed at exponential rates, will displace labour on an unprecedented scale.
For example, a 2013 study out of Oxford University predicted that automation will cause 47 percent of the jobs in the U.S. to disappear within 20 years. We are talking about not only the work that’s been called “the dull, dirty, and dangerous,” which some believe should be handled by robots. Rather, we are talking about work of creative skill too, or requiring significant analytical power.
Our machines can now write prose, with a prediction that by 2030, 90 percent of journalistic writing will be done by computers. Our machines can compose music. They can even do things as delicate as administering anaesthesia or performing unassisted surgery.Read more
By Rob Rainer
One of the biggest worries about adopting a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada is its so-called ‘work disincentive.’
We have all grown up believing that in order to eat, to be housed, to be secure, we must work. And who has not thought that there is a linear relationship between work effort and well-being?
This correlation is now untrue, if ever it were. Countless people work hard yet struggle daily to survive, while others may not work at all yet enjoy the most sumptuous cuisine and the most luxurious surroundings. As has been said, if hard work equated with wealth, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.Read more
By Roderick Benns
On International Human Rights Day, a Perth, Ontario man says he believes a basic income guarantee for all should be one of those human rights.
Rob Rainer, a well-known basic income advocate, says he believes that basic income is a means “to help ensure that such internationally recognized social and economic rights as the right to food, housing and a standard of living adequate for the health of oneself and one’s family, are honoured and protected.”
A basic income guarantee is known by many names, including a guaranteed annual income, a minimum income and a negative income tax, among others.Read more