Tag Archives: social policy

(625) The Naked truth about poverty

bifnakedSeeing and hearing those in poverty is so important.  Artists have a way of amplifying the signal – thanks quite often to lived experience.  Bif Naked lends a hand to the Welfare Food Challenge.  Twenty-one dollars a week for food: three bucks a day.  Welcome to welfare living in Vancouver.


Bif Naked takes on challenge to highlight low welfare rates in B.C.
globalnews.ca with video 2:06

image: Bif Naked via Instagram

(618) Rob Ford’s time of need

AufstehbettWondering 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
Matthew Remski

image: Böke-14 via Wikimedia Commons

(615) Toronto elects…

srfLess than two months from now and the fourth-largest city in North America will have a new mayor.  The mainstream candidates have shown relatively little interest in social conditions and the incumbent rich guy mayor has been violently clueless all his life on that file.  A piece in the Toronto Star this week suggests this disinterest in social reality amounts to a throwing away of votes by those in a position to challenge the sitting mayor.  Pretty dumb, if you ask us.

Chow should become a social justice crusader: Keenan. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio cruised to victory on a populist platform that emphasized taxes on the rich. Why not try that here?

And while we’re on the gruesome topic of RF:

Will work for crack: Rob Ford’s illegal unpaid internship scam youthandwork.ca

image: Ian Irving via Wikimedia Commons

(609) BIG/UBI presentation

Toy_robotA 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

(585) Child allowance: cheap at twice the price

demosAmerican 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

B.C. has highest child poverty rate in Canada: report. One in five children statistically poor, says new report by youth advocacy group First Call


(575) $20k

Canada-GooseYou 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