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Ontario appoints basic income advocate, Hugh Segal, as special advisor

Ontario has appointed the Honourable Hugh Segal to provide advice on the design and implementation of a Basic Income Pilot in Ontario, as announced in the 2016 provincial budget. Basic income, or guaranteed annual income, is a payment to eligible families or individuals that ensures a minimum level of income. Ontario will design and implement a pilot program to test ... Read More »

Getting the big things right within a Basic Income Guarantee

Andrew Coyne gets many things right about a basic income guarantee, writing this analysis for the National Post recently. He gets that a basic income would not replace social insurance programs like Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan. He also gets, albeit with undue pessimism, that the provinces need to be involved. He acknowledges that the level of the guaranteed annual ... Read More »

Liberals ready to shake up Canada’s social policy with basic income guarantee

The federal Liberals have voted to shake-up Canada’s social policy by moving toward a “minimum guaranteed income” model. At the party’s national convention just held in Winnipeg, the resolution states the party will, in consultation with the provinces, “develop a poverty reduction strategy aimed at providing a minimum guaranteed income.” Reaction from the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN) was swift. ... Read More »

Brian Mulroney joins ‘human hologram’ media company as advisor

The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney has joined an innovative ‘human hologram’ company as an advisor, hoping to play a role in linking young Canadians with emerging technologies. ARHT Media Inc. creates HumaGrams™, believable and interactive human holograms. HumaGrams™ are generated using our patent-pending Augmented Reality Holographic Technology (ARHT™), which is a scalable, repeatable and transportable form of 3D without the ... Read More »

Brandon University to bestow honorary degree on Paul Martin

Brandon University (BU) will present Canada’s 21st prime minister with an honorary degree at this month’s Spring Convocation. The Right Honourable Paul Martin served as prime minister from 2003 to 2006. He was the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard from 1988 to 2008 and was Canada’s minister of finance from 1993 to 2002. While Mr. Martin was PM, the Government of ... Read More »

Unanimous approval of prime ministers statue project in Waterloo Region

The Council for the Township of Wilmot voted in unanimous support of the Canada’s Past Prime Ministers Statue Project at a recent Council meeting.  During the meeting all members of Council spoke in favour of the project and how it would enhance the Township of Wilmot property located at 60 Snyder’s Road West in Baden. Mayor Les Armstrong says “The Council ... 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 »