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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 »

Building a society trumps the economy, says retired planner

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Alan Gummo, a retired city and regional planner. Gummo was also a public policy researcher and worked in municipal administration. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and the Institute of Public Administration. He is active in the basic income movement and now divides his time between Kingston, ... 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 »

Why the Liberals should institute a basic income guarantee

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his ministers their marching orders shortly after taking office, he instructed Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos to make relieving poverty on a national scale a top priority. But did he mean for that to eventually take the form of a basic income guarantee? A basic income guarantee is known by many ... Read More »

The changing face of school, principal, and teacher leadership: Ken Leithwood

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Ken Leithwood, Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto, on leadership in education. Dr. Leithwood serves as advisor to the Leadership Development Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of Education. His research and writing is about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change.  Benns: How is school leadership evolving across Canada? Leithwood: Four features of today’s school leaders’ work in ... Read More »

Enough fear, poverty, and bureaucracy: Well-known U.S. advocate says basic income is the answer

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Scott Santens, one of the leading American voices for basic income policy. The New Orleans-based writer is an advocate of basic income for all people and he serves as moderator of the BasicIncome community on Reddit. Benns: The very notion of a basic income guarantee frightens a lot of people, particularly in western societies like Canada and ... 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 »

Kingston woman says Canada spends more money managing poverty than it would cost to eliminate it

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Tara Kainer, a long-time anti-poverty advocate, about basic income guarantee policy. Tara Kainer grew up talking about social justice issues around the dinner table. In the 1950s, when she was a small child, her family lived in Tennessee where segregation was still in place and poverty, especially in the rural areas, was extreme. Because her mother ... Read More »

Basic income should be a core value, like health care: Michael Clague

Michael Clague grew up as a middle class boy in Vancouver, B.C. in the 1940s. He was fortunate, he says, because he never had to experience poverty firsthand. Given that his father was a school principal in an east Vancouver school, though, he did encounter a number of people who came from families with low incomes. But it wasn’t until ... Read More »