Today was a sunny, pleasant one and good for some clear thinking on basic income. We like the ‘and stop being oversold’ part as much as the part where it is not all about money and poverty.
A basic income really could end poverty forever. But, to become a reality it needs to get detailed and stop being oversold
Nurses and physicians have steadily reminded us about the impact of poverty on our bodies, minds and communities. Social workers, too. Now we have commentary from a chief of police for an Ontario community that is part of a pilot policy project designed to guard citizens against poverty. Chief Hagerty’s work week in Lindsay (population 20,354 in 2011) no doubt involves more than a few metrics related to general community welfare. His officers are called to all manner of things from petty thefts to serious domestic violence. They also see something of the effects of substance abuse and mental health difficulties on the community. With such a picture in front of him it isn’t really surprising that Chief Hagerty has positive, constructive words for something that could increase the stability and wellbeing of the place he has responsibility for.
Lindsay’s police chief welcomes basic income pilot
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At the same time: reports on death at the hands of your income and the positive effects of a basic income guarantee.
Income inequality is killing thousands of Canadians every year
thestar.com (Statistics Canada report)
Basic impact. Examining the potential impact of a basic income on social entrepreneurs
mowatcentre.ca (links to 69-page .pdf file)
An early benefit to a universal basic income pilot program in Finland has made itself evident. What is there to grudge about this and where do we sign up?
See also: (1086) Terminal planning
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