Author Archives: Denis Flinn

QUEBEC, CANADA: Events for International Basic Income Week

The Revenu de base Québec group is hosting several events for International Basic Income Week: September 19-25, 2016 in Québec, Canada. Starting Monday, September 19, there will be events in both Quebec City and Montreal, with the week culminating in a non-partisan Forum of Ideas highlighting basic income (that we have already written about here). Events include: Temiscula: September 19 from

» Read more

NAMIBIA: Basic Income Grant request newest step toward poverty eradication

Namibia’s Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta, announced last Thursday that a Basic Income Grant was being submitted for Cabinet approval and presented the blueprint to fellow Ministers. The blueprint seeks to expand on an early Basic Income Guarantee, which was put in place in a limited area in 2008, ran steadily for two years, and intermittently

» Read more

Roderick Benns, “‘There’s a good case to be made for a basic income’: Halifax Mayor”

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage joins the ranks of major Canadian city politicians in support of a basic income guarantee for their citizens, citing improved social cohesion and better balance of opportunities among the primary benefits. Read the full article at: Roderick Benns, “‘There’s a good case to be made for a basic income’: Halifax Mayor” leadersandlegacies.com, September 21, 2015

» Read more

CANADA: Saskatchewan Poverty reduction strategy one step closer

The Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction (AGRP) has presented its final recommendations to Saskatchewan social services minister Donna Harpauer. Areas of initial focus include income security to support basic needs for all, regardless of circumstance or geography. This poverty reduction initiative is related to several others, including a Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan, and the Joint Task Force on Improving

» Read more

Mark White, “The robots are stealing our jobs: could a basic income system save us?”

  This article discusses the ongoing and accelerating pace of automation in Australia, with 5 million jobs expected to be replaced in the coming decades. Both the benefits and risks of this change are presented, with unemployment and protecting the living standards of all citizens chief among concerns. Basic income is raised as an increasingly popular possible solution to allow

» Read more

Roderick Benns, “Mayor of Iqaluit says basic income policy would bring dignity to northern territory.”

SUMMARY: Mary Wilman, the mayor of Iqaluit, discusses the challenges specific to the capital of Nunavut. Job scarcity, food costs, and lack of recognition of traditional lifestyles under current employment frameworks are all presented as reasons why a basic income may be the best solution for Wilman’s community and communities like hers throughout Northern Canada. The full article is available

» Read more

Daniel Araya, “Interview: Scott Santens talks universal basic income, and why the U.S. could adopt it by 2035”

Daniel Araya sits down with Scott Santens, writer and advocate of universal basic income (UBI) for all, what it is and how it could work for the United States. The conversation centres around public perception as an obstacle for UBI and the opposing and ongoing pressure on the job market caused by increased automation. Read the full article here.

» Read more

Roderick Benns, “Canada looking to PEI for basic income guarantee”

  SUMMARY: This article discusses Canada’s need to address a basic income guarantee, and how Prince Edward Island is leading the way with all-party commitment to basic income guarantee policy, at least at some level. All eyes are now upon them to see how this commitment unfolds. For other articles by Roderick Benns, click here Roderick Benns, “Canada looking to PEI

» Read more