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Monthly Archives: December 2015

“A robot may be able to build an iPhone but…

“A robot may be able to build an iPhone but it cannot buy one. A Basic Income Guarantee will eliminate poverty, lessen inequality, destroy bureaucracy, and empower the most vulnerable among us but perhaps even more important, it would solve capitalism’s most basic and growing problem, lack of demand.” Or put another way, the devices we create to produce can’t work – they can’t be paid to produce.

St Nicholas – whose secret gift giving inspired Santa Claus…

St Nicholas – whose secret gift giving inspired Santa Claus (Sinterklass from the original Saint Nikolaos) – in his most famous exploit, Nicholas aided a poor man who had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, would have to become prostitutes. Even if they did not, unmarried maidens in those days would have been assumed as being a prostitute. Hearing of the girls’ plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

An early example of a person recognizing that people when given money can resolve some problems for themselves.
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St Nicholas - whose secret gift giving inspired Santa Claus (Sinterklass from the original Saint Nikolaos) - in his most famous exploit, Nicholas aided a poor man who had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, would have to become prostitutes. Even if they did not, unmarried maidens in those days would have been assumed as being a prostitute. Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

An early example of a person recognizing that people when given money can resolve some problems for themselves.
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“Do you want half of people to starve because they…

“Do you want half of people to starve because they literally can’t add economic value, or not?” data scientist and entrenprener Jeremy Howard asked at Singularity University, the futurist think tank and incubator in Silicon Valley.

If the answer is not, he says, then the smartest way to distribute the wealth is by implementing a universal basic income — a system of wealth distribution based not on effort or skill level, but on the simple premise that everyone deserves the same amount to live comfortably. http://goo.gl/rUfYfv

January 4th First Monday Basic Income meeting

In January, we’ll be meeting at SFU Harbour Ctr, Room 400 from 7.30pm to 9pm. Free entry.
 
We will be having a planning meeting about how to raise the profile of Basic Income in the Metro Vancouver area. Please come with ideas to raise the profile of Basic Income, and thoughts of contacts we should be making in 2016 to move the conversation forward.
 
All are welcome. These conversations give us all a chance to meet other people in Vancouver who support the idea of a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada.
 
The SFU Harbour Centre is at 515 West Hastings Street. We are up the escalator.
 
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http://basicincomevancouver.org/meeting
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In May 2015, PEPSO, McMasters and United Way published the…

In May 2015, PEPSO, McMasters and United Way published the Precarity Penalty study http://goo.gl/nbo8Ql. This study looked at precariousness from a random sample of 4,193 people between the ages of 25 and 65 in the Toronto and surrounding areas.

The study found that only half of survey respondents reported being employed in a job that was full-time, permanent and with some benefits beyond a wage. This is yet another data point, that points to precarious employment and economic insecurity being a significant problem for over 40% of Canadians.

This document has lots of analysis of the challenges faced people that are income insecure. It can contribute to our own conversations here in Vancouver. #basicincomevancouver

Good news from Kingston, Ontario Tuesday night where Kingston City…

Good news from Kingston, Ontario Tuesday night where Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion endorsing a national conversation about basic income and calling on the Federal and
Provincial governments to work together to consider, investigate and develop a basic income for all Canadians. We think Kingston is the first city in Canada to do this.

It’s time for Canada to have a real conversation about basic income.

More here http://goo.gl/EVDwDE https://www.facebook.com/KingstonBIG #basicneedsbasicincome

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Kingston passes basic income motion

Good news from Kingston, Ontario last night where Kingston City Council unanimously passed a motion endorsing a national conversation about basic income and calling on the Federal and
Provincial governments to work together to consider, investigate and develop a basic income for all Canadians.  We think Kingston is the first city in Canada to do this.

Here is the text of the motion from the agenda at https://goo.gl/LHTdcU:


Whereas the 2011 National Household Survey confirmed that 14.9% of the population live in low income circumstances, a percentage exceeded in the City of Kingston where the percentage of the population living in poverty has been documented at 15.4%; and

Whereas income insecurity and inequality continue to increase as a result of precarious employment; and

Whereas existing income security programs have not proved sufficient to ensure adequate, secure income for all; and Whereas insufficient income, income insecurity and inequality have wellestablished, strong relationships to a range of adverse public health outcomes, and are root causes of many social ills such as illiteracy and short-fall of educational attainment, chronic stress, alienation, and criminal activity, all of which undermine the social fabric; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee would reduce income insufficiency, insecurity, and inequality and ensure everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live in dignity regardless of work status; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee would provide an income floor for those doing socially essential but unpaid work, supporting the choices of those who engage in it; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee would provide additional direct personal income which would be spent locally, thereby revitalizing local economies; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee would enable individuals to pursue educational, occupational, social and wellness opportunities relevant to them and their families; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee would support entrepreneurship and job transition for those trying to establish a new productive role for themselves in response to a persistently changing economy; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee would resemble income guarantees already provided in Canada for seniors and children, guarantees which have contributed to health and quality of life improvements in those age groups; and

Whereas basic income has been studied in Canada for approximately forty years and has demonstrated improved physical and mental health and educational outcomes; and

Whereas a basic income guarantee program would involve the redistribution of the administrative functions of existing income support programs to the nation as a whole and to senior government partners in the same manner as Medicare and the existing seniors and children’s programs;

Therefore Be It Resolved That the City of Kingston endorse a national discussion of a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians; and That the City of Kingston encourage the provincial and federal governments through their respective responsible Ministers, including the Ontario Minister of Health and the Ontario Deputy Minister in Charge of Poverty Reduction, to work together to consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians; and

That this resolution be forwarded to all municipalities in Ontario with the request that they consider indicating their support for this most important initiative; and

That this resolution be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, including the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, with the request that they include proposing a Basic Income Guarantee in their respective engagements with the provincial and federal governments; and

That copies of this resolution be shared with the Premier of Ontario, the Prime Minister of Canada, and all opposition leaders at both levels of government.

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