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Stop talking about basic income and do it

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Most people want to work, people try very hard to find jobs. That said, it really depends on designing your program properly so you’re not setting up a situation in which it actually costs people to go to work. The onus is on the people who introduce basic income to design it properly. We’re going to see over the next few weeks how badly people want to get back to work

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Coronavirus shows it’s time to mend the safety net

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Having now accepted that better job protections and income supports are necessary in this crisis, how can we go back to pretending they’re not needed all the time? … This should be a learning experience that guides better policies for the long-term — not simply one-offs that will disappear when the crisis passes.

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To fight crime, Canada has to fight poverty, inequality and despair

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Liberal politicians want to talk about locking up guns and Conservatives want to talk about locking up people… both approaches are reasonable. But they are narrow in focus. They’re designed to appeal to each party’s base, and as such do not come close to addressing the complex issues behind gun and gang violence… How hard is it for politicians to understand that the most effective policies for reducing youth violence are ones that cut poverty

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Canada can end poverty and shrink inequality by adding an annual basic income of $22K, new report says

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

“Basic income in Canada is not a question of possibilities, but of priorities… It is clear from child and seniors’ benefits that basic income works for many Canadians already. The federal government’s priority now must be to take leadership to make it work for everybody”… “We say we want to do something about poverty. And yet we give away $122 billion worth of tax expenditures every year to people who aren’t anywhere close to the poverty line…”

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Bump in low-income rates expected as Statistics Canada set to redraw poverty line

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

The measure calculates the minimum a person or family would have to earn to afford a basket of goods and services needed to reach a modest or basic living standard… federal officials would decide “on the actions to be taken” with Statscan’s recommendations, including which to implement, and which to send for more research when it comes to making the changes. A final report from Statscan is expected in February.

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Can we ensure everyone has an affordable life?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Health is the great equalizer. No matter where we’re from, what our values are, what our age or our political beliefs, we all want to have a healthy and long life. And if we agree on that, then we can say affordability is about the amount and type of resources we need to live a healthy and thriving life… Individual income is only one component of a broader social safety net that supports a thriving population; employers, government and community all play pivotal roles too.

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New Study Shows Canada Child Benefit Provides Additional Benefit for Food Security

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

CCB has supported a 1/3 reduction in severe food insecurity for low-income families; Modest changes to income can impact food security; If Individuals with low-income receive more money, they spend it on basic necessities like food; Income transfers help people meet their basic needs… If we address food insecurity for children and families, we will give individuals a path out of poverty and reduce costs in other areas.

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The case for finally adopting a universal basic income

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Why not simplify these programs and centre human dignity within our social safety net?… We’ve got to reimagine our economy in a way that measures work, not jobs, in a way that puts human dignity at the centre of policy rather than racing to the bottom. We’ve also got to ensure that women’s economic empowerment is at the centre of this discussion rather than creating a gender blind program.

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Report aims to put poverty on the agenda in federal election campaign

Monday, October 7th, 2019

… the problem persists in all 338 federal ridings, with First Nations and recent immigrant children impacted the most… In the 68 ridings with the highest rates of child poverty, an average of 32 per cent of children — more than 400,000 — are growing up poor… Twenty-nine ridings with the highest child poverty rates are in Ontario, with 14 of them in Toronto.

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Hunger in Canada is primarily an income problem

Friday, October 4th, 2019

… when people qualify for the Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement at 65, their risk of food insecurity declines by 50 per cent. Similarly, in Newfoundland and Labrador, food insecurity rates among social assistance recipients decreased by almost half following an increase in income support rates.

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