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Basic Income Vancouver Guiding Principles

In this paper, Basic Income Vancouver sets out the definition of Basic Income we have adopted from BIEN as “an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement”, and describes a set of five guiding principles to evaluate proposed compromises on this definition.

We have adopted these five guiding principles to support discussion of Basic Income policy proposals.  They help us.

The paper outlines use of these five guiding principles to review the Basic Income proposal outlined in the September 2015 Caledon Institute paper “Guaranteed Income or Guaranteed Incomes?”.

(The guiding principles have been posted to BasicIncomeGithub to support development of wider consensus on what “good enough” Basic Income policy looks like.)

Basic Income Vancouver Guiding Principles: An ideological response to the Caledon Institute’s paper “Guaranteed Income or Guaranteed Incomes?”

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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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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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December 7th First Monday Basic Income meeting

In December, we’ll be meeting at SFU Harbour Ctr, Rm 2235 (EJ Safarik Sr Conference Room) from 7.30pm to 9pm. Free entry.

We will be having a conversation about the ways in which Basic Income can be funded in Canada. Please come prepared with key points from articles to share and/or short YouTube videos to stimulate and advance the conversation.

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 on the 2nd floor in one of the larger rooms.

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Guy Standing is in Vancouver November 17

Guy Standing will be in Vancouver and speaking at both SFU during the day and at the BC Federation of Labour at the Hyatt. Join us at either or both events.  Both are open to the public free of charge.

Guy Standing is Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a founder member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), a non-governmental organisation that promotes a citizenship income for all.

“The Precariat: the coming shape of the working class”
12:30 – 2:00 pm SFU Burnaby Campus: Halpern Centre Room 126

“The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class: Organizing the Next Generation of Workers”
7:00 – 9:00 pm Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard St. Vancouver

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November 2nd First Monday Basic Income meeting

This month we’ll be meeting at SFU Harbour Ctr, Rm 2235 (EJ Safarik Sr Conference Room) from 7.30pm to 9pm.

We will be having a conversation about how working patterns might change when Basic Income is introduced in Canada. Please come prepared with key points from articles to share and/or short YouTube videos to stimulate the conversation.

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 on the 2nd floor in one of the larger rooms.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645098392426047/

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October 5th First Monday Basic Income meeting

This month we’ll be meeting at SFU Harbour Ctr, Rm 2235 (EJ Safarik Sr Conference Room) from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Rob Rainer from Basic Income Canada Network will join us via Skype to have a conversation about Basic Income in Canada and how what we are doing (and planning to do) here in Vancouver can contribute to that.

The SFU Harbour Centre is at 515 West Hastings Street.  The rooms are a little tricky to find, but from the ground floor find the elevator and then go to the 2nd floor and follow the room number signage.

 

 

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September Get-together

Katie Streibel promised last meeting that she’d talk to us about her perspectives on Basic Income.  She’ll be talking about the situation for women living in poverty here in Vancouver/Lower Mainland, how a guaranteed livable income could advance feminists’ fight to end violence against women, and why the basic income movement would benefit from incorporating and adopting feminist political principles.
Come along and introduce yourself.
See you all there at 7.30pm Monday September 7th.  We will wrap up by 9pm.
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