Day: January 1, 2017

Basic Income – Good Idea or Bad?

The province is running consultations on a proposed Basic Income Pilot Project.  One was held in Hamilton in November. What is a basic income?  Ontario defines it as “a payment from the government to eligible people and families to ensure they meet a minimum income level.” The pilot project will impact a few citizens in the short term and maybe others some years down the line.  Meanwhile, experts disagree on whether basic income is a good thing. Below we have gathered six comments from policy experts.  These experts contributed to the publication Basic Income: Rethinking Social Policy by Trish Hennessy and Alex Himelfarb of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Basic income and social assistance are opposites and based on a different value system. We have forms of basic income, the Canada Child Benefit is one example, that have been working well. “The issue for Canada is not whether a good basic income is possible but who is left out.  And how can we fix that?” – Sheila Regehr The basic income trial in Dauphin Manitoba in the 70’s showed a reduction in hospitalizations of 8.5%. Such a reduction Canada wide could result in savings of $5.4 billion annually. – Ryan Meili and Danielle Martin “What many other criticisms of guaranteed income have in common is concern about the intentions of government”……..government may use the existence of the...

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Book Club Corner by Kit Darling

The December meeting was held after the deadline for Breezes submission, so I can give you a summary of the book but you’ll have to wait for the next issue of The Breezes to see what we thought of it. Our book was Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong by James W. Loewen. The book discusses the historical bias, errors and downright untruths (according to the author) on commemorative plaques, monuments and local legends in every state of the USA. He disparages the concept that nothing was discovered until the Europeans came across a continent, river or mountain regardless of the fact that First Nations were there long before. In a move to expose the hypocrisy, a group of First Nations journeyed to Rome in 1973 and “discovered Italy”. Apparently there is no plaque marking the occasion at Fiumicino. And here are some recommended reads from our members, all of which are available from the Hamilton Public Library. Visit the Bookmobile at Bennetto Recreation Centre on Tuesday (2:30 to 4:30) and Thursday (6:00 to 8:00). One Thing or the Other by John McFetridge A ‘police procedural’ set in Montreal during the lead up to the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Navigating through the tensions from the threat of terrorism (remember the Baader-Meinhof gang), Quebec sovereignty movement, a police department stretched to manage security, chasing a gang of bank...

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