Seeing 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
Let’s scrap the DWP: the case for basic income security for Scotland
61-page .pdf file
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
Less 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.
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
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.
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.
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?