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

April 13, 2017 @ 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

About Kate McFarland

Kate McFarland has written 36 articles.

Former lead writer and editor of Basic Income News.


April 13, 2017
6:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty


OISE Auditorium
252 Bloor St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada