May 2020 OBIN Newsletter Posted

The May Newsletter features the formation of Coalition Canada, a new cross-country coalition of experienced Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) activists. Other OBIN news is available, too.  See the newsletter here.


OBIN C-Team Meeting - April 2020 Minutes

The C-Team met for their monthly meeting via Zoom on April 20th. To see what was discussed please read the April Minutes here.


The Cost of Poverty in Toronto - November 2016 Report

John Stapleton is one of the foremost experts on poverty in Canada. A Metcalf Innovation Fellow since 2006, The Cost of Poverty in Toronto report (November 2016) is the result of six months of collaborative work.

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Implementing a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada: Prospects and Problems


Robin Boadway is the Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Economic Theory at Queen's University, and a Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations. He studied at RMC, Oxford and Queen's and has been a visiting scholar at Universities of Chicago, Oxford and Louvain.

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Open Letter from Senators to Prime Minister, Deputy PM and Finance Minister - Calls for Minimum Basic Income

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA, TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020—Today 50 members of the Senate of Canada from across affiliations and regions wrote to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister commending them for the government’s actions to date and calling for further evolution of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in order to implement a minimum basic income.

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Rights-based approach key to alleviating poverty

Charitable programs rob people of dignity and do nothing to lift them out of poverty, studies show. Their proliferation masks bigger problems.

Children are socialized at a young age to believe that giving to charity is a venerable, altruistic practice. We are regularly inundated with advertisements to support children in the developing world.

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OBIN Goals and Objectives Approved by Membership

The following has been approved by OBIN members (Jan 2020).

The goal of OBIN is to build awareness of and support for a Basic Income in Ontario among the general public and key decision-makers in the political sector.

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Senate Inquiry into Guaranteed Livable Income

News Release - 26 Feb 2020 - Ottawa, ON - Last night,  Senator Kim Pate urged Senators to examine and take action to support the implementation of guaranteed livable income in Canada. Nearly five decade ago, the  Senate issued an urgent call for a nation-wide  guaranteed livable income. 

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Universal livable basic income in times of crisis and beyond

In the wake of COVID-19, people across Canada are struggling to make ends meet or finding themselves in precarious positions. From the get-go, too many of those most marginalized and impoverished did not have the resources to follow public health directives.

Since then, vast numbers of Canadians have been laid off, others have shut their businesses — and many still risk going to work because they can’t afford to take the financial hit. The federal government is expecting four million Canadians to apply for emergency job loss benefits.

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Where’s the talk about a guaranteed livable income?

'Let’s hear where party leaders stand on the idea, because as work becomes more precarious, more Canadians will need help, no strings attached.'

When Canadians head to the polls on October 21, they should ask themselves how Canada’s political parties will tackle inequality.

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