Tag Archives: solutions

(1100) Basic income Friday

Wine o’clock Friday.  Another week closer to a universal basic income?  Maybe.
Universal basic income: a psychological assessment
Psychologists for Social Change 22-page .pdf file
Ontario releases basic income consultation feedback. 
Province moving forward with pilot program in 2017
news.ontario.ca
The promise of a basic income in Canada
foodbankscanada.ca
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(1089) Fifty billion dollar ‘tax gap’


If two reports, one private and one governmental, are to be believed, Canada’s federal government is shorted to the tune of fifty billion dollars a year in taxes that don’t get collected.  This loss includes aggressive tax evasion and questionable offshoring of assets.  Ouch!
For starters, ten per cent of that money would get a nice housing program off the runway pretty quick.
Canada misses out on nearly $50 billion in tax each year. Even the high-end gap estimate may be too low
thestar.com

(1070) A good thing in Milwaukee


After having read the recent non-fiction bestseller Evicted we feared no good news about housing could ever come out of Milwaukee barring a full scale miracle.  Then we read a little about a sensible undertaking in that US city that seeks to answer to the problem of the ‘missing middle’.  Nice.

Transforming a ‘barracks’ into a neighborhood. Connecting housing by using a neighborhood pattern improves the lives of moderate income residents
CNU Public Square

For more about the types of housing it might behoove North Americans to look into a little more assertively:
missingmiddlehousing.com

(1093) Repairing our way to a better world?


So, here’s a bright idea from Sweden designed to cut carbon emissions, resource consumption and garbage production.  We think it might be a poverty fighter as well.  Basically, Swedes should soon see a worthwhile tax break to fix their stuff.  Those with a sense of thrift should get a lift from this policy.  Canada needs this.

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax break for repairs
theguardian.com

image: TomD. via Flickr/CC