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Let’s end the unhelpful micromanagement of people’s lives with basic income

Basic income is meant to end micromanagement of people’s lives. It removes all state control, distributing the income without conditions (apart from some residency requirement) and regardless of work status. Autonomy and dignity via freedom from state oversight are essential aspects of basic income design. While there are those who see a competition between basic income and livable wages, basic income ... Read More »

No need to sacrifice minimum wage for Basic Income

The corporate interests in our society are beginning to see the inevitability of Basic Income. They understand the potential it has to uncouple labour from their capital, which is the backbone of the system of ‘wage slavery.’ The corporate media will respond by pretending we are in a negotiation. They will try to convince us to give up the minimum ... Read More »

Politics and policy: Basic income in real life

This article written by Sheila Regehr, chair of the Basic Income Canada Network, was first featured in the UM Today e-newsletter at the University of Manitoba. The basic income idea is to ensure everyone sufficient income to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status. In reality, in pilots and in current programs, it can take different ... Read More »

Robots and penniless humans: Basic Income is now an imperative

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. ... Read More »

Don’t let this Ontario basic income pilot gather dust

The problem of poverty – a deprivation among plenty — has blighted Ontario since our province’s beginnings, and has remained one of the more intractable problems of public policy. Poverty’s reach continues to impair hundreds of thousands of individuals, families and children. Recent evidence has suggested that, despite government spending commitments and some improvements in certain indicators, poverty is becoming ... Read More »

Paul Martin’s vision for indigenous people reborn in new federal budget

From a policy perspective, no former Canadian prime minister in living memory has done more after leaving office than Paul Martin. In particular, his work on behalf of indigenous Canadians has been stellar, an echo of his time in office. It was back in 2005, after 18 months of consultations with indigenous leaders, that Mr. Martin spearheaded the Kelowna Accord, ... Read More »

My uncle, my Canada, and the nation we want to be

I was in Debre Libanos, Ethiopia, visiting family, when the conversation turned to Canadian politics. My uncle reflected on the Canada he understood and remembered. In a world where many wondered where Canada had been under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decade, he detailed the Canada he remembered. This included having an international perspective, respect for international institutions such as the ... Read More »

The economy, jobs, and the need for basic income

The economy is in trouble so we’re in trouble. We’re worried about a general slow-down in activity, job losses, high personal debt levels, inequality, precarious employment, the hidden costs of underemployment and poverty, and so on. There’s a lot of debate going on about what to do. While many and varied prescriptions are being put forward, everyone from left to ... Read More »

Empowering girls and women benefits families, communities, Canada

The focus on the 105th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8 is all about challenging others to pledge their empowerment of the women in their lives. The ‘Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality’ focus is spot-on because emancipated women and girls are better equipped to reach their full potential, which benefits them, their families, communities, and Canada. Women and ... Read More »

Missing and murdered indigenous women: national inquiry recommendations

A recent national symposium hosted by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), and the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law (CJWL) was held in Ottawa to bring together international human rights experts. These experts came from diverse fields, including the United Nations (UN) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ... Read More »