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Making the Case for Universal Basic Income

Monday, May 10th, 2021

The idea of providing a fixed income for all members of society to meet their basic needs and, in doing so, escape cycles of poverty, instability and ill health, is… a well-studied and financially viable option that would benefit Canada’s economy and social fabric immensely… Basic income programs are not tied to employment, and, unlike welfare and disability assistance, they do not require constant monitoring to determine eligibility and deservedness… basic income is about freedom. Not the freedom of unregulated capitalism… that prioritizes corporations above people — but a more expansive, human one.

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How a Basic Income Plan Could Save Lives in a Pandemic

Monday, January 11th, 2021

“Basic income doesn’t require empathy so much as recognition that we’re all interdependent.” “It matters what my neighbours are doing and what they can afford to do,” said Forget. “In some ways that’s very obvious when we talk about health. But somehow we don’t think that’s the case when we talk about economics.” … “it’s inevitable that we will end in a basic income in Canada.”

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NDP and Greens Push Trudeau to Answer Vancouver’s Call to Decriminalize Drugs

Monday, December 28th, 2020

The MPs want Hajdu to use her authority under Section 56 of the act, which grants the health minister the power to issue an exemption from any part of the legislation “for a medical or scientific purpose or is otherwise in the public interest.” … to take the supply “out of the hands of criminals and remove the stigmatization, and ensure that people get access to safe, regulated, properly packaged products. And we need to substantially beef up our prevention, education and, most importantly, treatment options for substance users.

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Why Canada’s Climate Advocates Are Excited by Biden’s Housing Plans

Monday, December 7th, 2020

“When you think about the housing crisis in Canada, the homelessness crisis in Canada, the joblessness crisis and the climate crisis, you have a solution which is literally where we live that offers us the opportunity to address all these intersecting crises at once”… The factors are all there for a Green New Deal for housing,

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The Law According to Beverley McLachlin

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

“Justice shouldn’t be some sort of abstract principle… It shouldn’t be there just for the well-heeled and corporations… It ought to be there for ordinary Canadians.” … The interview also includes conversations about how to think about progress, the role of the judiciary and the legal system in society

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Are Canadians Ready to Ditch GDP as a Key Prosperity Indicator?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

In 1968, the late Robert F. Kennedy… pointed out in a famous speech that gross domestic product “measures everything… except that which makes life worthwhile.” More than 50 years have passed since that speech, and even though several pundits have noted the limitations of GDP as an indicator of human well-being, most countries and politicians are still fixated with GDP growth as a primary indicator of progress. But change seems to be coming.

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It’s a No-Brainer — Tax the Billionaires!

Monday, October 14th, 2019

TheTyee.ca – Opinion 9 Oct 2019.   Michal Rozworski , TheTyee.ca Michal Rozworski is an economist, writer and author (with Leigh Phillips) of The People’s Republic of Walmart. He is a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. A wealth tax wouldn’t just bring in revenue. It would curb the out-of-control political power of the […]

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A Brief History of Canada’s Failure to Fund Indigenous Kids Equitably

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bill C-92, which cedes Indigenous child welfare control back to Indigenous communities, is now law, which should change Indigenous child apprehension rates. But so far there’s no federal funding for implementation… While government after government pays lip service to doing better, millions on legal fees to avoid fulfilling obligations tell another story.

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Three Parties, Three Roadmaps to Universal Pharmacare in Canada

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Hoskins said it’s very positive that three of the four leading parties have committed to universal pharmacare… The issue is complicated and will require many steps… “Provinces and territories need to have confidence that this is going to work for them,” That means knowing the funding will be reliable going forward rather than part of the Canada Health Transfer that the federal government can reduce unilaterally.

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Will the Liberals’ Broken Electoral Reform Promise Hurt Them?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It was a “loud minority” who wanted electoral reform… Liberals are unlikely to revisit the issue and remind Canadian voters of that reversal. “The problem with electoral reform for the Liberals is that there is really no reward for doing it,” Bricker said. “What it does is promote opportunities for parties like the Greens and the NDP to do better.”

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