Will this pandemic's legacy be a universal basic income?

The following editorial from Maclean's magazine suggests a national Basic Income may be the logical next step based on the relative success of the current emergency programs and the desire to eliminate poverty in Canada.

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Implementing a National Basic Income is a Complex Process

There is much evidence indicating why a Basic Income is now urgently needed. This includes what it should be as well as the costs and benefits of minimizing income insecurity  for all Canadians. However, implementing a national program will not be simple due to the diversity of Canadian society and the complexity of jurisdictional  responsibilities as well as the plethora of existing social assistance programs at all levels of government.

How the program is designed, developed, tested and implemented will have definite impact on its acceptance and sustainability.

Joe Foster has been a long time advocate for a Basic income from the perspective of  human rights, politics and economics and is presently the OBIN Coordinating Team Facilitator.

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The Presbytarian Church in Canada letter to Prime Minister about Implementing a Guaranteed Basic Income

The Presbyterian Church in Canada has written to three key members of government, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Finance Minister urging them to implement a Guaranteed Basic Income.

"As early as 1973, the Presbyterian Church in Canada communicated its support of what was then called a “guaranteed annual income” to the federal government.

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Basic Income: The International Response to COVID-19 Webinar Replay

Tom Cooper led a webinar discussion with Canadian Senator Kim Pate, U.S. Advocate Scott Santens, and RSA Scotland's Jamie Cooke. They explored the international use of Basic Income as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, discussed the current political appetite for introducing a Basic Income that would truly prevent everyone from falling through the cracks, and finished by looking at how to build more political will to introduce Basic Income as a permanent part of our social safety net.

Watch webinar replay here.

What Happens on Parliament Hill on Lobby Day?

In official (and unofficial) Ottawa circles, it’s one of the few remaining contexts in which engaging in a concerted effort to convince politicians to support — or oppose — a particular legislative or policy initiative doesn’t automatically trigger calls for a crackdown on the entire lobbying sector: the parliamentary lobby day buffet.

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Send a letter to your MP about Basic Income

Please consider personalizing and sending this letter to your local MP. Some MP's have started to respond to these letters and email exchanges have begun. We are working closely with Senators who support Basic Income. We are being told how important it is to build relationships and get information to our local (and not so local) MP's.

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CERB and other coronavirus benefits won’t last forever.

In an unemployment crisis unlike any since the 1930s, a guaranteed living is a tempting idea – if we can figure out how to make it effective and affordable in the long run. Here are some of our options...

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Ending Poverty: Hugh Segal in Conversation with Mark Sutcliffe

Join host, Mark Sutcliffe, for an online conversation on ending poverty with Hugh Segal, whose latest book, Bootstraps Need Boots, lays out the moral framework and the economic rationale for a universal guaranteed annual income for all. The discussion (May 26) will be followed by an audience Q&A.

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The one thing that could improve the health of all Canadians

In an excerpt from her book, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health for All Canadians (www.6bigideas.ca), Dr. Danielle Martin explains the biggest disease that needs to be cured in Canada is the disease of poverty. Part of the cure is to implement a Basic Income. Acting on it would do more to improve health than any other single policy our governments could embrace.

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Academic Articles by Jim Mulvale, UBI Advocate

Dr. Jim Mulvale is a faculty member in Social Work at the University of Manitoba.  He is active with the Basic Income Canada Network, Basic Income Manitoba, and the Ontario Basic Income Network.

To see a listing of his articles and to request copies click here.