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Former PM Joe Clark honoured with international governance award

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Right Honorable Joe Clark was named a “2016 CIGI Honouree” for his distinguished contributions to international mediation, security and global governance. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) based in Waterloo reserves the honouree designation for individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of innovative global governance thinking and ... 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 »

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 »

Senator Art Eggleton calls on federal government to launch Basic Income pilot project

Long-time anti-poverty crusader, Senator Art Eggleton, has just called on the federal government to launch a basic income pilot project with the cooperation of one or more provinces and territories. Eggleton tabled the motion from the Senate today, calling for a basic income model “for the purpose of helping Canadians to escape poverty.” According to a 2013 poll done by ... Read More »

Ontario government to try basic income guarantee pilot

After a groundswell of support from mayors across the province, including pressure from health units and organizations of all social policy stripes, Ontario will proceed with a basic income guarantee pilot project. The location of the pilot has not yet been announced but the recent provincial budget document makes clear that the government pledges to “work with communities, researchers and ... Read More »

Top Mincome director says Canadian basic income advocates should act fast

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Ron Hikel, the executive director of the well-known Mincome project in Dauphin, Manitoba. It was a program that ran from from 1974 through 1978 which helped establish a minimum income for about a third of the people who lived there. Hikel was also the former deputy minister of health in Manitoba, and was deputy chief of staff ... Read More »

Canadian Association of Social Workers calls for basic income policy

The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is hopeful for the future of Canadian social and economic policy after recent comments made by the Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development. The Minister stated that the concept of a guaranteed minimum income may have merit for Canadians. “A guaranteed annual or basic income involves a government ensuring that ... Read More »

City of Welland backs Kingston’s basic income motion

Ontario’s City of Welland, about a half hour away from Niagara Falls, is backing Kingston’s basic income guarantee motion. Led by Councillor Bonnie Fokkens, Council unanimously supported the motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, urging the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.” Momentum continues ... Read More »