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Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance endorses basic income guarantee policy

The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance has come down squarely in favour of providing a basic income guarantee for Canadians. In a statement the Alliance points out that a disproportionate number of people with mental illness live in poverty. “Poverty, in turn, can be a significant risk factor for poor physical and mental health. Too many people with a ... Read More »

Mayors of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls declare support for basic income

Two more Niagara-area mayors – in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls — have declared their support for basic income policy. Mayors across Canada were given the opportunity to complete a national survey by Leaders and Legacies, in order to gauge municipal level support for a basic income guarantee policy. A common definition of a basic income guarantee ensures everyone an income ... Read More »

It’s time to talk about a new vision for the economy

The federal leaders’ debate on the economy focused on important issues — jobs, deficits, infrastructure spending, pipelines, climate change — but no one talked about a different vision for Canada’s economy. What if we challenged our leaders to answer the dilemma posed by American journalist Charles Bowden: “Imagine the problem is that we cannot imagine a future where we possess ... Read More »

Five New Brunswick mayors say it’s time for basic income policy across Canada

Five mayors from New Brunswick are speaking out in favour of basic income guarantee policy — including the mayor of Fredericton, the capital city of the province. Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton, Gerry Cormier, Mayor of Miramichi, Yvon Lapierre, Mayor of Dieppe, Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston, and Bill Bishop, Mayor of Rothesay, have all indicated various levels of support for ... Read More »

‘There’s a good case to be made for a basic income:’ Halifax mayor

Another big city mayor in Canada says he supports the concept of a basic income guarantee to combat inequality and create better social cohesion. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says “there’s a good case to be made for a basic income,” pointing out there are many advantages in ensuring that people have their basic needs met. “I think we would have more ... Read More »

Ten Ontario mayors speak out in favour of basic income policy

Ten mayors from cities and towns across Ontario are speaking out in favour of basic income guarantee policy. Three hundred and twenty-seven mayors across Canada were asked to complete a national survey by Leaders and Legacies, in order to gauge municipal level support for a basic income guarantee policy. Results are slowing being released as data is gathered. The mayors listed ... Read More »

Saskatchewan NDP call for a guaranteed basic income pilot project

Saskatchewan’s New Democrats want the government to pilot and evaluate a guaranteed basic income program. If the results prove successful, they want the program introduced province-wide, as a key measure to tackle poverty and improve health, social and economic outcomes. A basic income program, which can be delivered through a cash transfer model or a negative income tax, is a ... Read More »

Five Newfoundland mayors endorse basic income policy

Five Newfoundland mayors representing some of the largest centres on the island have endorsed basic income policy as a means of drastically reducing poverty. St. John’s mayor, Dennis O’Keefe, Corner Brook mayor, Charles Pender, Mount Pearl mayor, Randy Simms, Gander mayor, Claude Elliott, and Grand Falls-Windsor mayor, Al Hawkins have all agreed that “everyone in my city/community should be able ... Read More »