Winnipeg, August 20, 2019 – According to the latest data, 20.8% of Manitobans live
below the poverty line. This is one of the highest rates of poverty in the country. For the first time, three of Manitoba’s major political parties have announced their support for basic income. read the full article here, and a summary by Basic Income Manitoba here.
The Manitoba Liberal Party pledged on Tuesday to eliminate poverty in Manitoba by 2024, a lofty goal party leader Dougald Lamont insisted was realistic. Lamont said the Liberals would do it by instituting a minimum basic income, reforming Employment and Income Assistance, boosting the minimum wage from $11.35 to $15 per hour by 2021, and implementing a voluntary work program in the mould of then-U. Read the full article here.
“The number of Canadians who are $200 or less away from financial insolvency at the months end jumped to 46% from 40% in the previous quarter.” Listen to what Paul has to say on basic income in this CJOB interview held in January 2019:
Last month, the City of Winnipeg sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for contractors to remove waste, including temporary shelters, from public land. This action will effectively displace and traumatize many of our citizens who are already experiencing immense poverty and marginalization.
In a letter to the editor in the Winnipeg Free Press, Paul Walsh wrote that this call for proposals is not a plan for fighting poverty, but rather deals with optics and not root causes. Don’t fight poverty by punishing the poor, he said.
BASIC INCOME MANITOBA INVITES YOU
HUMANS OF BASIC INCOME – a portrait series by
photographer Jessie Golem.
TUESDAY MARCH 5
Jessie Golem believes in building a better world. She’s a classically trained pianist and piano teacher, a photographer and community activist. In 2018, Jessie was one of 1,000 Hamiltonians accepted onto the Ontario Basic Income Pilot project. When that government research project was suddenly cancelled last summer, Jessie took action. She conceived and launched Humans of Basic Income, a portrait series that amplified the stories of other basic income participants whose lives had been changed by the program. Jessie’s portraits presented powerful images of real people who felt they had no voice. Jessie’s photography enabled basic income participants to share their stories in a way that was empowering and built public understanding about a critical social policy option. Come listen to Jessie’s story, view her portraits and share your views on Basic Income and the artist as social visionary.
Come listen to Jessie’s story, view her portraits and share your views on Basic Income and the artist as social visionary.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Parking is available. The building is accessible. Refreshments will be served.
The key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all
Monday November 12, 7:00 pm
Grant Park in the Atrium
Canadian social programs were designed for a world in which most people graduated from high school, then found a permanent job with benefits that, barring unforeseen accidents, they would hold until they retired with a pension — all under the benevolent eye of their workplace union. In the last forty years, however, the labour market has fundamentally changed. Good, full-time jobs have been replaced by part-time or temporary work that pays lower wages, offers fewer benefits and rarely comes with union support. Economic insecurity is now a feature of the lives of large numbers of people. Those forced to rely on provincial income assistance or disability support find themselves trapped in a system that perpetuates dependence.
This new situation has given new life to an old idea — basic income. This book explores basic income from a Canadian perspective. It reports on research from the original test in Manitoba in the 1970s to the Ontario initiative launched by the Wynne government, then killed by the Ford Tories.
The evidence shows that basic income improves family and community health and well being, improves financial resilience, and improves access to education and training — all at an affordable cost.
Evelyn L. Forget is an economist in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Several years ago she began researching the data associated with a basic income field experiment conducted in Manitoba in the 1970s. She has been consulted by governments and researchers in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland on this topic. Her research has been featured on CBC Ideas, PBS Marketplace, Freakonomics and in the documentary The Free Lunch Society. She lives in Winnipeg.