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Town of Pelham joins basic income movement, endorses Kingston motion

In the town where Canada’s largest sugar maple tree grows, the local town council hopes the growth of a movement will benefit its own people along the way, too. The Town of Pelham, Ontario, is a rural-urban mix of communities in the heart of the Niagara Region. Council passed a motion this week endorsing a Kingston resolution calling for the ... Read More »

City of Belleville joins Kingston, Cornwall, in municipal push for basic income

Calling it “good social policy,” Councillor Garnet Thompson has recently sparked the City of Belleville to endorse a basic income guarantee proposal. Less than a month ago, the City of Kingston became the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Its council unanimously passed a motion calling for a national ... Read More »

Cornwall City Council endorses basic income proposal

Often called the poorest city in Ontario, the City of Cornwall in eastern Ontario has passed a motion endorsing basic income guarantee policy. Less than a month ago, the City of Kingston became the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Its council unanimously passed a motion calling for a ... Read More »

One of Canada’s top educators says it’s time to support basic income

One of Canada’s foremost educators and an international leader in the field of education, Dr. Avis Glaze, says it’s time Canada adopted a basic income guarantee policy. Glaze — Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat – says Canada must address the issue of poverty by addressing the challenge at its source ... Read More »

Combatting child poverty begins with helping parents

On Christmas Eve I attended the evening service at St. Andrew’s Church at the corner of King Street West and Simcoe Streets in Toronto. It’s a beautiful church with an impressive choir. That evening the minister reflected on how very little life has changed over the past 2,000 years — how we are still primarily concerned about being able to provide for our ... Read More »

Poverty: We Can do Better

This is the time of the year for giving. Unfortunately, a growing number of Canadians who face the prospect of daily poverty have little to give or share. We can do better and we can do it more intelligently. Now is the time for investigating how best to create a national Basic Income program. As a microcosm, consider Ottawa, where ... Read More »

Building a society trumps the economy, says retired planner

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Alan Gummo, a retired city and regional planner. Gummo was also a public policy researcher and worked in municipal administration. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the Institute of Public Administration. He is active in the basic income movement and now divides his time between Kingston, ... Read More »