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The Basic Income ‘What’s in it for me’ Series: Employed people

In this series, we examine the value of a basic income guarantee to various sectors of society. In today’s column, we look at three reasons why it’s a great policy idea even for people who already have jobs. A basic income should be Canada’s next great social program. Even if you are a fully employed person, there are many reasons ... 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 »

The Basic Income ‘What’s in it for me’ Series: Business owners

In this series, we examine the value of a basic income guarantee to various sectors of society. In today’s column, we look at three reasons why it’s a great policy idea for business owners. A basic income should be Canada’s next great social program. If you are a business owner, there are many reasons to support a basic income guarantee. ... Read More »

Ready, aim, Cold Fire: John Boyko, tackles shocking political intrigue with JFK, Dief and Pearson

Roderick Benns recently interviewed acclaimed Canadian history author, John Boyko, about his new book, Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front. The movie and television rights have already been optioned for the book, coming out in February, 2016. Benns: Give us a hint about two or three things you write about in Cold Fire that may surprise Canadians and Americans alike. Boyko: ... Read More »

Potatoes and Poverty: Basic income, not Band-Aids, is needed says retired prof

In the mid 1960s, a young, untrained social worker named Roberta Hamilton was given the task of visiting families in Leeds County on behalf of the Children’s Aid Society. The rural Ontario poverty she encountered more than 50 years ago was devastating. Some families had only potatoes for dinner. Many couldn’t find work. Farming on the rocky hills and outcrops ... Read More »

Town of Pelham joins basic income movement, endorses Kingston motion

In the town where Canada’s largest sugar maple tree grows, the local town council hopes the growth of a movement will benefit its own people along the way, too. The Town of Pelham, Ontario, is a rural-urban mix of communities in the heart of the Niagara Region. Council passed a motion this week endorsing a Kingston resolution calling for the ... 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 »

Cornwall City Council endorses basic income proposal

Often called the poorest city in Ontario, the City of Cornwall in eastern Ontario has passed a motion endorsing basic income guarantee policy. 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 ... Read More »