Canadians Have a Ravenous Appetite for Action on Inequality – Will the Government Feed It?


News Release - Senators Lankin, McCallum, and Pate - Ottawa - 23 September 2020

Senators Lankin, McCallum and Pate hosted a meeting with Indigenous women leaders and MP Leah Gazan to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous women in Manitoba and the place of guaranteed livable basic income in redressing systemic racism and inequality.

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A second wave without a life raft: No mention of Basic Income from the Throne.


Most Canadians want Basic Income.

UBI Works - 23 September 2020

On Sept 23rd the federal government announced its priorities in the Throne Speech as the country enters a second phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The speech included numerous new announcements to tweak and expand the social safety net, prioritizing employment insurance and direct supports for businesses - but no mention of a basic income. 

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"Human Again": The (Unrealized) Promise of Basic Income in Ontario


Journal of Poverty - Leah Hamilton and James Mulvale - 20 May 2019

This article compares social assistance in Ontario with a pilot project to test basic income as an alternative method of enabling economic security and social participation. Interviews conducted with pilot recipients indicated a desire to be financially independent, but that the conditionality of traditional programs had negative repercussions including work disincentives and bureaucratic hurdles. Respondents reported that basic income improved their nutrition, health, housing stability, and social connections; and better facilitated long-term financial planning.

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The Case for Basic Income for Women Goes Live!


Income insecurity is a gendered issue. That is why the Case for Basic Income for Women is so strong. Today nearly 4,000 organizations and individuals from across the country – including the Canadian Women's Foundation, the LEAF (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund), and Women's College Hospital, have signed on to a national Statement on Basic Income: A Case for Women. The document calls on the Federal Government to extend the CERB benefits and transition as quickly as possible from temporary benefits to a permanent basic income.

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Online Townhall - Why Canada Needs a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income

Attend the National Town Hall co-hosted by Coalition Canada and The Green Party of Canada: Why Canada needs Guaranteed Livable Basic Income on Thursday September 17 at 4-5:30 PM Pacific and 7-8:30 PM Eastern

Green Party MP Paul Manly (Nanaimo-Ladysmith), in collaboration with Coalition Canada: Basic Income, is hosting a national town hall on Guaranteed Livable Basic Income with a panel of experts who will explain the basics, talk about the benefits, and break down some myths and misunderstandings. We’ll also hear from Canadians who will speak about guaranteed livable basic income from their personal experiences.

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CARFAC Webinar Wednesday - Sept 16

 

The national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. This fall, CARFAC is pleased to present a series of webinars where we share information about timely initiatives, including our long-term projects and campaigns as well as work that is being done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Basic Income Webinar - 2 Sept 2020

Free Webinar on Basic Income! Wednesday, September 2nd  3:30 – 4:30 pm EDT

SocialCanada.org is collaborating with the Pearson Centre to offer another free webinar.

We will take another look at a Basic Income for Canada, and specifically the proposal put forward by former Senator and Chief of Staff to PM Brian Mulroney,  Hugh Segal. He will be joined by Senator Kim Pate, who cosigned a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau supporting the concept, and by Professor Grace-Edward Galabuzi, of Ryerson University, who will comment from the perspective of minority and racialized communities. Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow of the Pearson Centre and Editor of SocialCanada.org, will be the moderator.

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OBIN Basic Income News Digest - 30 August 2020


In Basic Income news this week - local and abroad


Germany is beginning a universal-basic-income trial with people getting $1,400 a month for 3 years

Business Insider - 19 August 2020

Germany is about to become the latest country to trial a universal basic income, starting a three-year study of how it affects the economy and recipients' well-being.

As part of the study, 120 people will receive €1,200, or about $1,430, each month for three years — an amount just above Germany's poverty line — and researchers will compare their experiences with another group of 1,380 people who will not receive the payments.

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OBIN Basic Income News Digest - 22 August 2020

 


Basic Income Updates, News and Information - as of 22 August 2020

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Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Campaign


The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is a national movement of individuals, organizations and communities working together to end homelessness in Canada.

Lack of affordable housing and homelessness in Canada are not new problems. But sometimes, old problems require new solutions. As we enter an unprecedented economic recovery, Canada has the opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change to address these problems for all Canadians. Basic Income must be a part of this solution. That is why OBIN has endorsed the Six Point Plan to End Homelessness in Canada. Do you agree? Sign the petition to let MPs know today.

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"Alleviating poverty is key to preventing homelessness. A national guaranteed minimum income will ensure those in greatest need have minimum financial resources to help them meet their basic needs and prevent homelessness when times are tough."

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