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With stability through Basic Income, most will choose to work: Debra McAuslan

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Debra McAuslan, who advocates for basic income through her affiliation with the Kingston Basic Income group. Benns: How did you come to be involved with the fight for a Basic Income?  McAuslan: I had heard about basic income almost 30 years ago, but did not understand poverty. I grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario. I ... Read More »

Tough times have laid the groundwork for a guaranteed livable income

Saskatchewan is a province in transition. Traditionally alternating between two major political parties; the Sask NDP and a ‘conservative’ type party currently incarnated as the SaskParty. Today, the Saskatchewan Green Party is challenging that status quo in the upcoming April 4, 2016 provincial election. A key policy in the Green Party ‘Real Change’ platform is the implementation of a Guaranteed Livable Income ... 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 »

Food insecurity and the promise of a basic income guarantee

I’ve been studying the issue of food insecurity for over 20 years. Food insecurity refers to the state in which people can’t afford to buy healthy, culturally appropriate and personally acceptable food to feed themselves or their families. It is a serious public health concern, affecting over 4 million Canadians including about 1.15 million children. It is clearly a symptom of poverty. ... Read More »

A basic income guarantee: Time to separate work from having a secure income

One of the biggest worries about adopting a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada is its so-called ‘work disincentive.’ We have all grown up believing that in order to eat, to be housed, to be secure, we must work. And who has not thought that there is a linear relationship between work effort and well-being? This correlation is now untrue, if ... 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 »

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 »

President of AMO, Tecumseh mayor, says time to be bold and support basic income

The mayor of Tecumseh, Ontario, who also serves as president of the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO), says it’s time to be bold and fight poverty with a basic income guarantee, not continue to “tinker at the edges.” Mayor Gary McNamara, who recently led Tecumseh Town Council to support a basic income guarantee motion, says he is glad to see ... Read More »

City of Peterborough councillor ready to adopt basic income motion

As the City of Peterborough considers whether to support a basic income guarantee, at least one councillor is ready to offer her support right now. Councillor Diane Therrien, known for her support of many social justice issues, is also the facilitator of community education and engagement with the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network. “I’m happy to support basic income policy,” she ... Read More »