By Tara Kainer
After attending three out of the four sessions offered on basic income at the World Social Forum in Montreal last month, I found the mood to be optimistic and forward looking.
The sessions were well-attended and more than one person stated that while three to five years ago no one seemed to know about basic income, it was now gaining momentum exponentially. They were heartened to find so many like-minded people discussing basic income in one room.Read more
Roderick Benns, publisher of Leaders and Legacies, recently interviewed Tara Kainer, a long-time anti-poverty advocate, about basic income guarantee policy.
Tara Kainer grew up talking about social justice issues around the dinner table. In the 1950s, when she was a small child, her family lived in Tennessee where segregation was still in place and poverty, especially in the rural areas, was extreme.
Because her mother worked in the emergency department of a local hospital she often talked about the people who were turned away from medical services because they couldn’t pay. After leaving Tennessee they lived in Saskatchewan where the CCF government brought in Medicare before it was adopted by the federal government in 1966. Her parents were fervent supporters.Read more