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Ontario’s association of health units green lights basic income as policy

Medical officers of health and boards of health members from across Ontario are now officially calling for provincial and federal governments to bring in a basic income guarantee – more momentum on an issue that is attracting national attention. The Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) is a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership to the boards of health and ... Read More »

Second prominent Conservative speaks out in favour of basic income pilot projects

Retired Conservative Senator Michael Meighen says it’s time for governments to set up pilot projects across Canada to give a basic income guarantee a chance as future policy. In an interview with Leaders and Legacies in Toronto, Meighen says the idea is “very attractive on paper” so it will be important to follow this through with real-world testing. “That’s where ... Read More »

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit becomes first in Ontario to endorse basic income guarantee

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has become the first health unit in Ontario to officially endorse a basic income guarantee – and they’re hoping they can convince their provincial counterparts to follow suit. Associate Medical Officer of Health, Lisa Simon, says their unit committed in 2012 to focusing on the social determinants of health as the best strategy for ... Read More »

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson speaks out in favour of a basic income guarantee

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says the “evidence is overwhelming” for providing a basic income guarantee for Canadians – and he thinks his city and Calgary are great places to try out pilot projects. On the heels of a national poverty conference in Ottawa, in which Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi voiced his support for a basic income guarantee, Edmonton’s Iveson says ... Read More »

Mulroney to deliver keynote speech on Quebec and Canada

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will deliver a keynote address on “Quebec’s place in Canada, and Canada’s place on the world stage in the 21st century, as we approach 150 years of Confederation,” on June 3rd in Montreal. The event will be held during the annual president’s dinner, hosted by the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec Branch. Other guests of honour ... Read More »

Time to start treating our own citizens as well as we do corporations: Hugh Segal

A former Canadian Conservative senator, Hugh Segal, says it’s time to start treating Canadian citizens as well as corporations. Segal, who has spent over 40 years in pursuit of a basic income guarantee policy for Canadians, says the nature of work is shifting and governments need to respond. A basic income would see any Canadian who falls below the poverty ... Read More »

Nenshi to try to partner with other mayors to push for basic income

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will focus on building support for a basic income guarantee with other mayors across Canada. Nenshi made headlines earlier this month at the National Poverty Reduction Summit in Ottawa when he called for “brave steps” in the fight against inequality. He vowed to take leadership on pushing for a basic income guarantee. Now, Leaders and Legacies has ... Read More »

Mulroney says Canada in ‘good hands’ with scholarship winners

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney hosted a recent press conference on behalf of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada, announcing a massive expansion to reward more students in Canada for their hard work in difficult circumstances. Horatio Alger is a charitable organization dedicated to education and the belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The association ... Read More »