While decent housing and food are fundamental human rights, they are often treated separately, and primarily as commodities. How can we tackle housing and food insecurity together, and better?
Millions of people experiencing food poverty turn to food banks, and the number is growing.
Basic income should form part of a practical comprehensive plan for eliminating poverty in Canada.
Challenges in evidence, long-term planning and public understanding mean that universal basic income has become easier said than done.
To date, the program has provided nearly $10 million to roughly 137,000 of the country’s poorest citizens.
Recent developments in the organisation of production have led to the decline of wage employment across much of the world.
An economist explains what it would cost to give SNAP benefits to all Americans in households earning up to about $100,000 per year – and why it would be worth it.
The pandemic has shown us the need for widespread security.
We could do it for the price of tax cuts.
The relative success of the CERB during the pandemic shows the time is finally right for a permanent basic annual income program.
The ability of food banks to meet the needs of food insecure Canadians has plummeted just when it is needed most. But food banks have never been able to address the reason people are going hungry.
Lockdown throws our relationship with work into the spotlight.
A universal basic income could provide financially precarious people with the money they need. And it would keep money flowing through the financial system.
Francis Townsend had a similar if less ambitious idea in the 1930s that never got through Congress but ended up making Social Security a lot more generous.
The Finnish experiment will only fuel further debate on whether or not universal basic income is a good idea.
The cancellation of Ontario’s basic income pilot not only violates our ethical obligations to participants. It also means forfeiting a valuable research opportunity on income security.
The universal basic income movement has a major problem: both critics and even many supporters don’t understand how much it would really cost.
Ontario’s basic income project was deeply flawed and cursed by a lack of quality data. It needs a major overhaul.
Research shows that guaranteed basic income programs spur economies and improve mental and physical health. That’s why Ontario’s decision to scrap the province’s pilot project is such a bad idea.
It’s time to update the old agenda of the 19th century: less working time and more money for all, in the form of shorter work days and a universal basic income.