Wondering what the chances are the subject of this blog posting linked to below will ever read its wise words. Maybe a vulnerable stretch away from the public in a hospital, recuperating from himself as much as anything else, will give what’s left of the man some perspective. It’s easy to be cynical, isn’t it?
I’m happy for Rob Ford in his time of need
image: Böke-14 via Wikimedia Commons
A nice explanation of what the Basic Income Guarantee or Universal Basic Income would be all about from the author of Robots Will Steal Your Job. We need this now: spiritually, morally, economically and for practical reasons.
What if everybody got free cash? Myths and facts about Unconditional Basic Income. Frederico Pistono at at the Future of Work Summit, NASA Ames Research Park, CA, June 30, 2014 YouTube 28:09
see also:(573) Basic income conference
(509) Guaranteed basic income and the ‘swarm economy’
image: Jonathan McIntosh via Wikimedia Commons
American public policy group Demos suggests a mechanism to chop child poverty in half. You replace child-related tax benefits with a direct monthly benefit. In a world blurry behind stale right wing fog Demos is a refreshing breeze.
This one weird trick actually cuts child poverty in half demos.org
You know, Canada Day would be the perfect day on which to launch a guaranteed minimum income for all. Happy Canada Day.
Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics. Advocates enjoy resurgence of plan to ease poverty cbc.ca
Are Canadians worth 20k a year guaranteed? ctvnews.ca
image: A Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) skimming over ice at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary Alberta. Photo by Chuck Szmurlo via Wikimedia Commons
The Montreal Gazette takes a look at that beautiful idea: the guaranteed income. This mechanism is the subject of the 15th International Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network happening in Montreal over the weekend. Wouldn’t it be amazing?
Idea of flat income to be hot topic at McGill on Friday
Not being sarcastic or cynical when asking: why are we still explaining this to ourselves in Canada in 2014?
Adequate food not an option on social assistance. Only Newfoundland and Labrador fully funding a healthy diet cbc.ca
image Family Dining (early 17th century) via Wikimedia Commons
Wages, housing, jobs and poverty: the stuff of a powerful election platform, right? Not in Ontario in 2014 apparently. So, what is this election all about then?
Provincial election campaign ignoring affordable housing crisis. Ontario’s largest non-profit housing advocate is concerned by campaign’s focus on middle-income earners torontoist.com
image: war workers’ housing in Toronto in 1945 from City of Toronto Archives via Wikimedia Commons
Caledon Institute of Social Policy takes a look at Ontario’s poverty reduction strategy and records a definite upside. In 2009, all the political parties supported the Poverty Reduction Act.
Glass is more full than empty 3-page .pdf file