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’
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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
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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
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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
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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
Senior Tory Hugh Segal was in the GTA this week advocating for a guaranteed minimum income. With an election underway you’d think we’d be all over this. Kinda weird, since a guaranteed minimum income “…could pretty much eliminate poverty entirely.” With a bit of a push?
No taxpayer left behind. A plan to guarantee Ontarians a minimum income is gaining little traction, even though the same basic idea already helps keep our seniors out of poverty The Grid
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An opinion piece from two anti-poverty workers in Hamilton:
The poor need vastly greater support. Rising food bank use points to government inaction Hamilton Spectator
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