Youth for Basic Income Webinar Series - June 11 to July 2

Join the Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub for a series of conversations and workshops bringing a range of voices on Basic Income in Canada, including members of the BICYN steering committee.

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Introducing Coalition Canada

Coalition Canada: basic income/revenu de base* is Canada’s cross-country coalition of experienced Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) activists. The Coalition came together following the election of the Federal minority Liberal Government in October, 2019.  Advocacy groups from the Yukon and all Provinces except Newfoundland are currently represented.

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Building a Basic Income with the CERB platform


The CERB is nothing like a basic income, but it might be the platform we use to build one

Posted on May 22, 2020 in Social Security Debates

Source: TheGlobeandMail.com — Author: Andrew Coyne     MAY 22, 2020.  

One thing on which nearly everyone seems to agree is that the present crisis, with millions unemployed and governments straining to keep them all fed and housed, offers an opportunity to rethink our approach to income support. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has attracted particular attention as a possible model for the long-sought ideal of social-policy reformers everywhere: a guaranteed annual income – or as it’s called more often nowadays, basic income.

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Book Review from Citizens for Public Justice: Bootstraps Need Boots

As a self-proclaimed leftie and basic income supporter, I began Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots: One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada both skeptical and curious. In this memoir-meets-case for basic income, the former Senator brings his personal and political experiences into conversation, resulting in a read that is both enjoyable and informative.

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Take Action to Support a Basic Income - Send a Letter to Your MP

The Lobby Day team at OBIN has produced Letter#3 to send to your local MP as well as other MP's. It’s OK if there is duplication - this is in part a numbers game. Please let us know at [email protected] who you send letters to so we can track the results.

We are starting to get feedback from MP’s. This means we are making headway with our letter writing campaign. The more letters our federal elected officials receive, the more they know a Basic Income program is an important issue for Canadian citizens.

Letter#3 is posted on the Lobby Day page.


June 2020 OBIN Newsletter Posted

Ontario Basic Income Network June 2020 Newsletter is posted here.

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Basic income: are we talking about the same thing?

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Basic Income and Youth Webinar Replay

Webinar hosted by The Tamarack Institute on 27 May 2020.

Young people are facing a range of systemic issues that will significantly impact their futures as they enter the job market, start families, and seek financial prosperity. However, they are being faced with financial crises, a labour market becoming increasingly precarious, growing inequality, climate change, and amidst COVID-19, social norms will never be the same.

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Free Tickets Available for Hugh Segal Conversation with Mark Sutcliffe on Tues, 26 May

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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OBIN's rebuttal to John Milloy Basic Income 'slam dunk' article

Tracy Smith-Carrier's response to Mr. Milloy's recent article:

John Milloy’s recent piece in National Newswatch states that Basic Income is far from a slam dunk on a number of counts, not least of which includes the assumption that it would create the conditions of “a steady stream of tales of misuse, double dipping and downright fraud.”

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