Ask the expert: can we end poverty?
United Way Toronto & York Region
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Who better than the Scots to lead us all in a ferocious charge right for the throats of neoliberalism and austerity? None.
Good news, even as winter approaches: in 2017 Ontario can expect to see a basic income pilot project. Hopefully that means that Canada’s largest province is on the path to adopting a benefit regime that will truly secure its people against poverty. We’ve been sold on the idea of a universal right to an income for as long as we can remember. It seems to us that nearly every form of social difficulty could be improved upon if nobody in this society was below a certain level. On the other hand, we could indeed be looking at yet another ‘cycle of consultation’. You know, another rationalised round of reportage, fact gathering and public hearings that kick the issue of poverty down the road and toward the next election. Public pressure might make all the difference, though.
Extra bonus: it would seem a good way to innoculate our society against the rise of Trumpist-style influences, a comprehensive ticket to change for the better. This winter thoughts of a basic income will be keeping the staff at suburban-poverty.com feeling warm inside.
Basic income pilot consultation
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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How on Earth could anyone think a whack-job Manhattan zillionaire hijacking the Republican Party and then the Presidency represents the beginnings of anything good for America? For America’s poor? Nope. Nope. Nope.
Things are about to get much worse for poor Americans
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It must be love, the way we keep on coming back to basic income on this blog. Expecting a deeper discussion of the matter in the near future.
A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: A policy maker’s guide to basic income
(link to 42-page .pdf file)
A second CCPA report:
Basic income: rethinking social policy
(link to 62-page .pdf file)
An item from the Summer 2016 edition of Canadian Dimension which was devoted to the topic of basic income:
More smoke than substance in Canadian plans. Ontario wants pilot project, Quebec advocates tiny steps
Canada: please imitate:
GERMANY: single-issue political party founded to promote UBI
Here’s a discussion on National Public Radio of something with which we are totally down: basic income. Automation is coming, yes. Robots, too. Just the other day one of our interns was in a very well-known Scottish restaurant chain and reported back that they have these new oversized iPod things on which you order your burgers instead of telling an employee what you want.
As our jobs are automated, some say we’ll need a guaranteed basic income (audio 4:18 & URLs)
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Again and again we see ourselves bought off by the idea that measuring a problem is some kind of major step toward the solution. Time to throw a basic income at it.
Surveys show why we need to take the Poverty Reduction Strategy seriously. The once-heralded poverty reduction strategy needs more attention, including to what the data told us about the city
A US study finds tactical, one-time cash assistance in the amount of $1000 has a really good influence on the lives of those about to tip into homelessness. Even the crudest cost/benefit analysis of keeping one person out of homelessness, let alone many, ought to reveal the good common sense of this kind of social spending. An ounce of prevention…
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