We’re not really active right now

In case you’re wondering, we’re not really active right now. There aren’t enough of us and not everyone has enough time right now, unfortunately. But we’re all still very interested and hope more people will get involved in promoting basic income here in Edmonton.

I (Anemone) am willing to meet up with anyone who wants to talk in person, or we can email (info@basicincomeedmonton.org). You can also contact the Calgary group, who are more organized and who are looking to organize people across Alberta. They’re at http://www.basicincomealberta.ca/.

In the meantime this site isn’t going anywhere.

Miscellaneous links moved from the links page

None of these are important enough to have on the links page, but are still worth having somewhere.

Articles

Basic Income: Left Perspectives. Canadian Dimension, Volume 50, Issue 3: Summer 2016.

Better education, better jobs, will be result of basic income: Entrepreneur. Interview with Zachary Beaudoin (who is in Edmonton), April 18, 2016. Basic Income Canada Network.

A basic income guarantee is both feasible and feminist. Anemone Cerridwen, April 13, 2016. Feminist Current.

Podcasts/Videos

Freakonomics: Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?

YouTube: Why does everyone have to work?

Against the Grain: Unconditional Basic Income

Guaranteed Income The experiment that could end welfare

This article is from last year.

Evelyn Forget, May 1, 2016. Guaranteed Income: The experiment that could end welfare. albertaviews

albertaviews.ca/guaranteed-income/

Evelyn Forget writes about the Mincome experiment and its applicability for today.

The Canadian experiment with a GAI demonstrated its benefits: longer maternity leaves, better educational outcomes, better nutrition, better physical and mental health, less pressure on other social programs, no significant evidence that primary earners work less, and considerable evidence that the women and children who do work less spend their time in socially beneficial ways.

Hat tip to Candice for sending me the link.

Meet-up June 20

Our next meet-up is next Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 pm. We are meeting as usual in Hub Mall, at the LRT Lounge (the first lounge from the south end, on the left, just up and across from the Tea and Coffee Company). If you want to join us, RSVP at info@basicincomeedmonton.org so you can get a description of us so you can find us.

This month we’re going to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of having a BI, among other things.

Next meet-up May 23rd

Our next meetup is on May 23rd. We’re meeting in Hub Mall at the University of Alberta, as usual, at the LRT Lounge near the south end of the mall, at 6:30 pm. All are welcome. You don’t need to let us know if you’re coming, though you might want to RSVP if you don’t know what we look like.

This month we’re going to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a basic income compared with what we have now.

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

The federal government is looking for feedback from Canadians on poverty reduction. They are accepting feedback right now, until June 2017. There appear to be a variety of ways to contribute.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/poverty-reduction.html

April meetup – talking about types of basic income

Candice, Sharon and I (Anemone) met at Hub Mall this evening for about 2.5 hours, talking about the different types of basic income (BI) and their pros and cons (and about a whole lot of other things, too). Here is a basic summary of our discussion of different types of basic income, with some of my own thoughts. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

UNIVERSAL DEMOGRANT VS NEGATIVE INCOME TAX

There are two main types of basic income: a universal demogrant (UD) and a negative income tax (NIT).

A Universal Demogrant (UD) is tax-free money that everyone gets, regardless of what they earn. Higher earners pay higher taxes on their other earnings, and will end up paying more in income tax than they receive as a UD, but they still get the UD up front.

A Negative Income Tax (NIT) is money that some people get, based on their previous year’s tax return. Everyone who earns below a certain amount would have their income topped up by the difference between what they earned and the threshold in the following year.

Negative income taxes can come in various forms, depending on what happens above the threshold. Continue reading

Guy Caron campaigning on Basic Income

Guaranteed Basic Income on Verge of Take-off in Canada. It holds appeal across the political spectrum. Plus, Elon Musk is sold.
Susan Delacourt, 2 Mar 2017, at The Tyee, reposted from iPolitics.

Guy Caron is promoting basic income in his campaign for the NDP leadership:

“The problem with the NDP is we were never able to submit an economic platform that would actually make people dream, inspire people. This is what I want to do,” Caron said on CBC’s Power & Politics. With a basic income, he said, “people (could) actually think of their future rather than thinking of what they will have to eat.”

Hat tip to Fred Douglas for the link.

Meet-up April 18

Our next meet-up is on Tuesday April 18th (two weeks from today). We’re going to meet at the University of Alberta, in Hub Mall in the LRT Lounge (the area with tables near the south end of the mall on the west side, just up and across from The Tea and Coffee Company), at 6:30 pm. We’ve decided to talk about the different models of Basic Income, so feel free to do some advance reading (or not).