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Why I Support Basic Income

I first heard about basic income, or guaranteed annual income, when I was a social work student in the 1970s and heard about the Mincome project in Manitoba. Learning that the province of Manitoba was conducting an experiment whereby all the residents of the town of...
Locals Express Support for Basic Income

Locals Express Support for Basic Income

On August 31, Roderick Benns of Leaders and Legacies wrote an editorial in the The Record. In his editorial Benns expressed “a basic income would cover the rest of Canadians who are currently left out and top up people’s incomes to a set amount — say...

Understanding Basic Income: Definitions

A basic income guarantee is a simple idea—just give people money. However, with the many ways it can be implemented—how much to give, who to give it to, which other programs to eliminate, which to keep, etc., etc.—“basic income guarantee” can mean many different...
Basic Income: From Baby Bonus to Canada Child Benefit

Basic Income: From Baby Bonus to Canada Child Benefit

The concept of universal basic income may appear at best utopian and naïve, at worst too socialist and costly. For some, at the very least it seems utterly new and unattainable. But before any Canadian rejects basic income for these reasons, let’s look at just one...
Understanding Basic Income

Understanding Basic Income

If you’ve been following the news at all in the last couple of years, you may have noticed an increasing amount of coverage of basic income. The idea is gaining momentum and is definitely getting a lot of press — from blogs to news outlets of all stripes to...

Municipal Government and Basic Income

On Wednesday, June 15 twenty people gathered at Queen Street Commons Café for a discussion on the role of municipal government in the basic income movement. Here is a synopsis of our discussion. To begin, here is a brief timeline of current events: At the discussion...

BIWR Advocates Speak to Regional Council

The following speech was well received by Regional Council members at the Community Services Committee Meeting on June 14th.  A recommendation was accepted to put forward a motion to Regional Council in support of Ontario’s basic income pilot project. Council is...

Luck of the Draw

I got interested in the basic income guarantee because I don’t think income security should be mainly a question of luck. I was lucky to be born into a white, middle-class Canadian family in the 1950s. These fortunate facts influenced everything. When I was a young...