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Tough times have laid the groundwork for a guaranteed livable income

Saskatchewan is a province in transition. Traditionally alternating between two major political parties; the Sask NDP and a ‘conservative’ type party currently incarnated as the SaskParty. Today, the Saskatchewan Green Party is challenging that status quo in the upcoming April 4, 2016 provincial election. A key policy in the Green Party ‘Real Change’ platform is the implementation of a Guaranteed Livable Income ... Read More »

Federal health minister helps change face of primary care in Ethiopia

In the summer of 2008, Canada’s (now) Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she met with Ethiopian colleagues to explore the possibility of establishing family medicine as a formal discipline in the East African country of 90 million people. For the next decade, she would help spread an initiative to help launch such a ... Read More »

Food insecurity and the promise of a basic income guarantee

I’ve been studying the issue of food insecurity for over 20 years. Food insecurity refers to the state in which people can’t afford to buy healthy, culturally appropriate and personally acceptable food to feed themselves or their families. It is a serious public health concern, affecting over 4 million Canadians including about 1.15 million children. It is clearly a symptom of poverty. ... Read More »

A basic income guarantee: Time to separate work from having a secure income

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 ... Read More »

Timid choice for City of Kawartha Lakes to back out of basic income discussion

We recently learned that the City of Kawartha Lakes isn’t big on having conversations. How else to explain their reluctance to pass a simple motion sent to all municipalities in Ontario from the City of Kingston, asking that they endorse having a national conversation about a basic income guarantee for Canadians? A basic income guarantee is known by many names, ... Read More »

The Basic Income ‘What’s in it for me’ Series: Employed people

In this series, we examine the value of a basic income guarantee to various sectors of society. In today’s column, we look at three reasons why it’s a great policy idea even for people who already have jobs. A basic income should be Canada’s next great social program. Even if you are a fully employed person, there are many reasons ... Read More »

The Basic Income ‘What’s in it for me’ Series: Business owners

In this series, we examine the value of a basic income guarantee to various sectors of society. In today’s column, we look at three reasons why it’s a great policy idea for business owners. A basic income should be Canada’s next great social program. If you are a business owner, there are many reasons to support a basic income guarantee. ... 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 »