News release: More than half of Manitoba’s political parties support Basic Income

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.

Dr. Sid Frankel writes a letter to the editor of the Free Press

Read the full letter here.

Liberals’ pledge to end poverty includes establishing a minimum income, voluntary work program – Winnipeg Free Press

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.

Basic Income Manitoba is gathering signatures for a petition

Income Manitoba is asking Manitobans to add their names to a petition asking the newly elected and re-elected MLAs, as a priority, to study, investigate, research, and evaluate the implementation of BASIC INCOME in Manitoba. Please add your name to the petition and spread the word to all of your friends.

Paul Walsh speaks about basic income on CJOB radio station (audio file)

“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:

Paul Walsh pens open letter to Winnipeg Free Press

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.


*Update: Representatives from the City of Winnipeg met with community advocates in June and have CANCELLED this call for proposals, according to an article in CBC Manitoba.

Innovation Nation: Why CEOs support basic income

Floyd Marinescu: When we all earn more, we all have more to spend, enabling innovation and entrepreneurship in a virtuous cycle. Read more at the Financial Post.

TUESDAY MARCH 5: HUMANS OF BASIC INCOME – a portrait series by photographer Jessie Golem

HUMANS OF BASIC INCOME – a portrait series by
photographer Jessie Golem.

7:30 PM
First Unitarian
Universalist Church
of Winnipeg
603 Wellington
Crescent, Winnipeg
R3M 0A7

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.

Parking is available.
The building is accessible. Refreshments will be served.

Evelyn Forget, economist, summarizing the results of 70s basic income experiment (a short video)

Join Evelyn L. Forget for the launch of Basic Income for Canadians: The key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all

McNally Robinson Booksellers &

James Lorimer & Company, Ltd.

are pleased to present

Evelyn L. Forget


Basic Income for Canadians

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 IdeasPBS MarketplaceFreakonomics and in the documentary The Free Lunch Society. She lives in Winnipeg.

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