The Human Right to a Basic Income

Human rights are conditions of life that are “inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status.” They are designed to inform and support positive relationships between individuals, families, communities, institutions, and states. The principles which underlie and the treaties and…

The Poor Need a Guaranteed Income, Not Charity

Nutritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food…

An economist who studied Manitoba’s experiment with minimum income in the 1970s says social scientists the world over will be interested to see how Ontario’s rebirth of the program will play out. On Monday, Ontario’s Liberals announced a three-year pilot project in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay to see if providing residents with a basic…