The RSC Task Force on COVID-19

Renewing the Social Contract:
Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19

*** 17 December 2020 ***

In April 2020, The Royal Society of Canada established a COVID-19 task force to equip Canadians with accurate information about our response and recovery to the pandemic. It was mandated to provide evidence-informed perspectives on major societal challenges in the response to and recovery from COVID-19. The top recommendation is for a Basic Income.

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UBI Report: Launch

Webinar - UBI Report Launch: Basic Income can speed up Canada's recovery & grow economy sustainably

*** 12 December 2020 ***

To date, there has been minimum comment from the Canadian financial institutions on the concept of a Basic Income. This webinar from UBI Works is the official launch of the report from the Canadian Center for Economic Analysis and it sheds a new perspective on this issue.

The report launched 9 December 2020 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA) shows Basic Income can grow our economy sustainably, create jobs, and speed up Canada's recovery. Full report & highlights can be accessed here.

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Senator Kim Pate on Appropriation Bill No. 5, 2020-21


CERB Leaves People Behind.
It's time for Basic Income - Why Are We Waiting?

*** 9 December 2020 ***

Senator Kim Pate addressed the Senate during Second Reading debate on Appropriation Bill No. 5 - 2020-21.

She addresses the fact that yet again, this Bill leaves Canada's most vulnerable behind after being left out of CERB. She makes it clear that a basic income is the obvious remedy to the problem.

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Webinar - Women, Work and Basic Income


In Recognition of International Human Rights Day

Basic Income Hamilton and partners present...

Women and Work: The Case for Basic Income

*** Thursday, 10 December 2020 from 12 - 1pm EST ***

Live Zoom Event

*** Please register here.

*** Click here for the event poster as a PDF.

 

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No One Left Behind: Fixing the holes in CERB for 21st century income security


*** Webinar - December 8, 2020, 4:00 PM (via Zoom) ***  *** REPLAY ***

While the Canadian government acted quickly to provide economic support to Canadians thrown out of work by public health regulations to control the spread of COVID-19, many Canadians were left out. We will report on our research with unemployed Canadians not supported by CERB about their perspectives on how an unconditional basic income available to all those who need it might better serve them, and our social media education campaign in conjunction with the Basic Income Canada Network.

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Basic income class action lawsuit dismissed, appeal still possible


The Lindsay Advocate - 1 December 2020

A Superior Court of Justice judge has dismissed the Ontario Basic Income Pilot class action lawsuit that was initiated by four Lindsay residents.

The current Conservative government cancelled the Ontario Basic Income Pilot in one of the first policy decisions the government made when it came to office in 2018 — despite a campaign promise to let the three-year pilot play out.

Read full article here.


Webinar - UBI: The Pathway to Inclusion


*** WEDNESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2020 ***  *** REPLAY ***

*** View Replay here *** 

The video contains links to several resources as well which we hope you will find useful:

Evelyn Forget’s latest book Basic Income for Canadians: from the COVID-19 emergency to financial security for all is available from Amazon and Chapters or through her publisher:
http://www.lorimer.ca/adults/Book/3189/Basic-Income-for-Canadians.html

Chandra Pasma’s and Sheila Regehr’s paper: Basic Income: Some Policy Options for Canada is available at https://www.basicincomecanada.org/policy_options

Senator Kim Pate’s Perspective: Why a Guaranteed Livable Income is available at
https://sencanada.ca/media/366776/senpate_glibi-perspective-document_10-05-2020_e.pdf

Ontario Basic Income Network www.obin.ca

Basic Income Canada Network www.basicincomecanada.org


Attendees can join meeting beginning 7:30 p.m. EST

Presentations begin at 7:45 p.m.

A free webinar sponsored by:
• Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter
• Canadian Federation of University Women, Guelph Chapter
• Guelph-based Imagining a Different Future Group

 

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Ottawa should accept the call to test basic income


Editorial - The Hamilton Spectator - 4 November 2020

There is a stubborn myth, bordering on a stereotype, that guaranteed basic income is a child only of the progressive left and poverty advocates.

It’s not true, and never has been. Basic income has strong support across ideological lines, including from Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal and American federal bank governors. And there is compelling new evidence of that truth.

This week the Canadian Chamber of Commerce joined the chorus calling on the federal government to create a basic income pilot to replace the one that was wrongly and prematurely cancelled by Doug Ford’s government.

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Basic Income - What Does It Mean for Students?

Basic Income - What does it mean for students?
A Panel Discussion - 20 November 2020
3-5pm AST / 11am-1pm PST / 2-4pm EST

COVID-19 has highlighted the inadequacies of Canada’s social safety net. Basic Income is proposed as a solution to the financially precarious position that a growing number of Canadians, including students, find themselves in.

This event is a collaboration between Meal Exchange, Basic Income Youth Network, Basic Income Nova Scotia, Basic Income Canada Network and the Canadian Federation of Students.

Panelists: Jennifer Brady, Kendal David, Sofia Descalzi, Suman Roy and Sheila Regehr.

*** Click here to register for the webinar.

 


Why Basic Income - Panel Discussion on 4 Nov 2020


Basic Income WHY?

The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on our communities as we know them, and it has exposed the reality that the Canadian social safety net is no longer working. Community residents are looking for help — help that preserves people’s dignity and provides adequate means to support for themselves and their families. That help should come quickly and it should be simple to access. Many have called for a Basic Income as a better way forward for all to ensure better health outcomes, adequate housing, nutrition, increased educational attainment and child development as well as ensuring positive psychological well-being.

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