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Media coverage Youth For Basic Income

‘Youth voices are needed in the basic income debate’

By Chloe Halpenny
Ottawa Citizen (July 3, 2020). 

The logic behind supporting a basic income is straightforward. It could provide a much-needed foothold in housing and rental markets that feel increasingly inaccessible.

With collective Canadian student debt a whopping $28 billion as of 2018, it would make it easier to enter and remain in post-secondary education. And given that young people are disproportionately concentrated in precarious work, a basic income responds to the reality that having a job doesn’t necessarily mean being able to put food on the table.

Chloe Halpenny is the vice-chair of the Basic Income Canada Youth Network.

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Media coverage Prince Edward Island

PEI special committee on poverty a ‘beacon of hope’

By Senator Kim Pate
PEI’s The Guardian (May 26, 2020).  

Cradled in the reverberating waves of COVID-19, P.E.I.’s special committee on poverty is a beacon of hope to Canadians. At the conclusion of its work, P.E.I. could be poised to lead the way by being the first province or territory to forge a plan to implement a basic income guarantee (BIG) for all whose income falls below an established level.

COVID-19 has spurred a renewed interest in BIG. Now more than ever, most Canadians understand the need for support sufficient for an individual to live in dignity. Despite feeling relatively secure prior to the pandemic, too many are now painfully aware of how precarious seemingly secure jobs and businesses can be and how easy it is to fall through the cracks of current income supports.

Senator Kim Pate is one of the co-authors of a recent letter from 50 senators calling for guaranteed livable income/basic income. 

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British Columbia News

Livable Income Vancouver Podcast

Livable Income Vancouvrer recently released a podcast on guaranteed livable income.

You can now listen to the episodes on ITunes or Spotify.

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British Columbia News

Principles of a Guaranteed Livable Income

A guaranteed livable income would prevent people from having their lives shortened and made miserable from poverty and poverty-related ill health.

– C.A. L’Hirondelle, Livable4All

A women-led group of volunteers in Vancouver, BC bringing the voices of the feminist, racial equality, and anti-poverty movements to the campaign for Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI), an income guaranteed to all set at a rate that meets the cost of living.

They want a non-taxable Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) to replace our current exploitative and paternalistic welfare system, and reduce inequality in the labour market, without leaving anyone worse off.

They have developed a set of principles for a Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI).

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News Prince Edward Island

Voluntary Resource Council and Cooper Institute

2019-2020

Supported by a federal New Horizons for Seniors project, a group of seniors participated in a series of workshops designed to explore and develop an understanding of BIG. At the end of the project, they organized a very well-attended community event in Charlottetown.

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British Columbia News

Townhall in Vancouver

Townhall on Guaranteed Livable Income

Images from the Townhall that was co-hosted with Don Davies and Jenny Kwan in 2018.