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Pope Frances calls for UBI

The Guardian (24 Nov, 2020): In his new book due out this December, Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future, Pope Francis speaks of the economic, social and political changes he says are needed to address inequalities after the pandemic ends. “Recognizing the value to society of the work of non-earners is a vital part of our rethinking in the post-Covid world… By providing a universal basic income, we can free and enable people to work for the community in a dignified way…” he said.

The Pope also criticized trickle-down economics, the theory that tax breaks and other incentives for big business and the wealthy eventually will benefit the rest of society through investment and job creation. He called it “the false assumption of the infamous trickle-down theory that a growing economy will make us all richer”.

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Zainub Verjee on a basic income for creatives

Interview: Artpreneur keynote Zainub Verjee on a basic income guarantee for Canadian creatives

Here is an excerpt of the article published in the Ottawa news website Apt613.ca by Ryan Pepper on November 19, 2020

“It’s no secret that the arts sector is in a crisis. COVID-19 restrictions closed venues and institutions in March and many still haven’t reopened—and many, some in Ottawa, won’t open again. This month’s annual Artpreneur conference is dedicating three days to the disruptions in Ottawa’s creative sector. But instead of mourning the loss of venues, incomes, and livelihoods, the conference is looking to the future for sustainable, lasting solutions.

“One of the buzzy proposals is a Basic Income Guarantee (B.I.G.), which gained popularity after the successful rollout of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The idea now has wide, cross-partisan support…”

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Toronto Artists For Basic Income: An Introduction video

This video celebrates and shares performances, speeches and calls to action by and from politicians, artists and concerned Toronto residents. The Time for Basic Income is NOW.

This video features performances and statements by:

Created by the Toronto Artists for Basic Income group.

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CARFAC – Voice of Canada’s Visual Artists webinar

Carfac Webinar Series

Universal Basic Income webinar, on September 16 at 2pm Eastern Standard Time, organized by CARFAC.

What is Universal Basic Income? Why is it important to artists? How would UBI work in Canada?

Join independent artists Adrian Stimson and Craig Berggold, and Sheila Regehr from Basic Income Canada Network for a discussion about how Canadians would benefit from UBI as a social safety net during uncertain times. The discussion will be moderated by artist Sydney Lancaster.

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‘Bring in a basic income to address gender inequity’

The Toronto Star (September 15, 2020)

A coalition of nearly 4,000 individuals and organizations is calling on the federal government to implement a guaranteed basic income to address the systemic gender inequities exposed and intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OBIN & BIC’s basic income for the arts webinar

Published on Basic Income Calgary website

An online talk organized by Basic Income Calgary and OBIN with the help of Enough for all.

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Article in ArtNet News

Why the Entire Art World Should Back Canadian Arts Workers’ Push for Universal Basic Income

On Thursday, a coalition of more than 300 Canadian artists, arts workers, and institutions publicly released a letter addressed to prime minister Justin Trudeau and other high-ranking officials urging the creation of a permanent basic-income guarantee nationwide.

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ArtNet News, The Gray Market by columnist Tim Schneider, July 20, 2020.

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News coverage by CBC Entertainment

“Canadian artists, writers, performers call for national basic income”

CBC, The Canadian Press, Entertainment, Jul 17, 2020.

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Article in Canadian Art

Article “Artists and Advocates Push for Universal Basic Income in Canada” in Canadian Art magazine.

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75,000 Canadian artists unite

It’s time for a basic income

Today, artists, writers, technicians and performers are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to create a permanent basic income guarantee.


A Public Letter from the Arts Community
for a Basic Income Guarantee