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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA: “Basic Income: A Way Forward for the Left?”

April 13 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm UTC-4

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been championed by both progressives and conservatives. Not everyone on the left, however, is behind the idea. Will a UBI be a means of redistributing wealth, attacking poverty and protecting workers from technological displacement as some argue, or will it instead serve to advance an agenda of austerity and privatization?

Join us on Thursday, April 13th for a debate on this important question. The debate will feature two speakers speaking in favour of left support for Basic Income and two against.

Josephine Grey, Low Income Families Together (LIFT) [Speaking For]
John Clarke, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) [Speaking Against]
Rob Rainer, Basic Income Canada Network [Speaking For]
Jessica Sikora, OPSEU Local 586 [Speaking Against]

Moderator: Avi Lewis, The Leap

Opening remarks: Kikélola Roach, Unifor Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice & Democracy, Ryerson University

Photo CC BY 2.0 tsaiproject

Kate McFarland

About Kate McFarland

Kate McFarland has written 36 articles.

I was a statistician, then a philosopher, then a journalist for a certain Basic Income News, and I have never been the sort to wed myself to any specific position or career path. (I have always chosen to remain in the precariat for this reason: my sense of duty is strong enough that I’d risk imperiling my own self-development if I were to accept a permanent position.) If you want to learn more about what I’m about, and how I see my ideal roles in the basic income community going forth, read the “cover letter” of sorts that is my Patreon homepage (updated November 2017).

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April 13
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty


OISE Auditorium
252 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada