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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 »

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 »

City of Belleville joins Kingston, Cornwall, in municipal push for basic income

Calling it “good social policy,” Councillor Garnet Thompson has recently sparked the City of Belleville to endorse a basic income guarantee proposal. Less than a month ago, the City of Kingston became the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Its council unanimously passed a motion calling for a national ... Read More »

One of Canada’s top educators says it’s time to support basic income

One of Canada’s foremost educators and an international leader in the field of education, Dr. Avis Glaze, says it’s time Canada adopted a basic income guarantee policy. Glaze — Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat – says Canada must address the issue of poverty by addressing the challenge at its source ... 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 »

Kingston the first Canadian municipality to call for basic income guarantee

The City of Kingston has become the first municipality in Canada to call for the development of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians. Council recently and unanimously passed a motion calling for a national discussion on the issue, hoping this will lead the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee ... Read More »

PEI MPs should cooperate to ensure basic income becomes reality

Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come, and a basic income guarantee’s time has come. A basic income guarantee is a simple policy that is popular across the political spectrum. Libertarians and conservatives like the idea because it would be straightforward to administer, meaning less bureaucracy and opening the door for smaller government. On the left, ... Read More »

Segal inspires basic income advocates in Kingston and says he has ‘never been more optimistic’

Retired Conservative Senator Hugh Segal energized about 50 Ontario advocates of a basic income guarantee on Saturday who were looking for inspiration and advice from one of the great leaders of the movement. Segal didn’t disappoint, bringing his trademark humour and optimism in support of a cause he has championed for 40 years. He says a “confluence of events” has ... Read More »

Economics professor says evidence shows basic income grants used responsibly

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Robin Boadway, a retired economics professor. Boadway studied economics at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He has his doctorate in economics from Queen’s University in Kingston. Benns: How did you come to be involved in this issue? Boadway: I spent my academic career as a public finance economist studying optimal policies for achieving a just ... Read More »