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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A basic income program is far from the ‘slam dunk’ many believe

Is a basic income on the horizon?

Advocates would say “absolutely”. It seems a day doesn’t go by without another opinion piece pointing out that the pandemic has created the ideal conditions for its adoption here in Canada.

People want radical change, especially for people who are struggling.

COVID-19 may render millions permanently unemployed and adopting a basic income would be truly transformative.

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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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