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Entrepreneur says better education, better jobs, will be result of basic income guarantee

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Zachary Beaudoin, an entrepreneur living in Edmonton Alberta, for an article posted on Basic Income Canada Network . He works closely with technology and believes the current economic system is unfit to deal with the shocks that will be created by the coming technological advances.

Benns: From your perspective as an entrepreneur, why is the concept of a basic income guarantee useful to society?

Beaudoin: First I want to explain the benefit of a basic income guarantee that I perceive as a citizen. I believe that a society as a whole benefits from having economic abundance for all. People would spend more time on education, learning, and leisure, become more politically involved and even pursue more fulfilling employment opportunities. The result would be a healthy, engaged, and progressive society with less crime and less suffering.

From an entrepreneurial perspective it is a matter of economics. I’m head of a company that makes video games which requires a market of buyers that have both the disposable income to purchase my product and the time to play. In a system with high, and growing, wealth inequality people buy fewer video games because they either can’t afford to buy as many as they would like or they work very long hours to make ends meet and don’t have the time to play so many video games. You can substitute videos games with any other consumer product or service and you’ll see the same problem. So the more disposable income and free time people have the better for almost any consumer business.

Benns: Do you see automation as a real threat to traditional jobs? If so – and more and more people end up having difficulty finding work — how can we still find a way to make a difference in society? What might still need doing?

Beaudoin: Absolutely. Without diving into too many specifics it is not only automation in the sense that most people today are probably familiar with – a machine replacing a human in some repetitive task. The greatest challenge to our current economic model will come from AI capable of learning to do complex tasks and manage complex networks with a speed and precision that is impossible for any group of humans to match.

I’ll use one example that is probably familiar to most people: the self-driving car that the world’s most powerful tech companies are developing. Most people I speak to think that it just means you can go to a dealership and buy a car that drives itself – no big deal. What will really happen is companies in the transport services sector like taxis, trucking, hauling will replace their human drivers with self-driving systems because the cost will be significantly lower. This will force their competitors to do the same or perish and very quickly (probably inside of a decade) an entire industry sector of jobs will evaporate.

During the same half-century similar new AI technologies will see service industry jobs disappear in the same way and speed. Within this century we could be living in a world where half the work is done by machines. The unemployment rate would likely cause the collapse of our economic system as it exists today. We’ll need a new system that detaches income from labour. I believe that a basic income guarantee is not the solution to this future problem but it would provide our government with a means of absorbing the shock and buying them enough time to solve the problem.

Benns: How is basic income a ‘leveller’ in society. What makes it about equality?

Beaudoin: I don’t think of it in terms of equality I see it as shared prosperity because everyone would benefit. I also believe that it will play a critical role in overcoming the economic shocks we’ll see relatively soon and that it is our moral imperative to implement it.

Entrepreneur says better education, better jobs, will be result of basic income guarantee

Remembrance Day – In Flanders Fields – Leonard Cohen

Tomorrow is November 11. It is Remembrance Day in Canada.

Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae

In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, 1872 – 1918

A moment of silence is held at 11:11 on the 11th.

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

I Like You As You Are – Fred Rogers

I Like You As You Are is one my favourite episodes from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

It seems to me that no matter how old we get these are powerful words.

Mister Rogers - I Like You As You Are

They are words that are important to remember when we deal with children.

Parents are often passive aggressive when dealing with children, while claiming that they are being supportive and encouraging. Hah.

And certainly schools are directly aggressive when working at molding children to be the way the institution, and teachers, want them to be.

Fred Rogers provides a refreshing antidote to that aggressive crap.

I like you as you are
Exactly and precisely
I think you turned out nicely
And I like you as you are

I like you as you are
Without a doubt or question
Or even a suggestion
Cause I like you as you are

I like your disposition
Your facial composition
And with your kind permission
I’ll shout it to a star

I like you as you are
I wouldn’t want to change you
Or even rearrange you
Not by far

I like you
I like you, yes I do
I like you, Y-O-U
I like you, like you as you are

Lyrics by Josie Carey | Music by Fred Rogers

Thank you Fred Rogers for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Ujjal Dosanjh – a great Canadian

Ujjal Dosanjh is a great Canadian from my personal point of view. If Canadians had more men like him who entered politics Canada would be a better country. He continues to write and speak out about important issues. His website is

The information that follows was clipped from Wikipedia and I think it makes for fascinating reading. I have included the complete reference rather than just linking to it.

Ujjal Dev Singh Dosanjh PC QC, (born September 9, 1947) is a Canadian lawyer and politician.

He served as 33rd Premier of British Columbia from 2000 to 2001 and as a Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2011 including a period as Minister of Health from 2004 until 2006 when the party lost government.

As a member of the Official Opposition from January 2006 until 2011, Dosanjh variously has been the critic of National Defence, Public Safety, and Foreign Affairs, as well as sitting on Standing Committee on National Defence, the Committee on Public Safety and National Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan, and the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Dosanjh was one of four Visible Minorities to serve in Paul Martin’s Ministry.

Prior to being involved in federal politics, he spent ten years in provincial politics.

He was elected in the Vancouver-Kensington riding in 1991 as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party (BC NDP) and re-elected there in 1996.

He served as the Attorney General of British Columbia from August 1995 to February 2000. When the leader of his party resigned in 1999, Dosanjh put himself forward as a candidate and won the leadership vote. With the win he became Canada’s first Indo-Canadian provincial leader.

He served as the 33rd Premier of British Columbia until June 2001 when he lost the province’s general election.

Born in a village in the Jalandhar district of Punjab, India, Dosanjh emigrated to the United Kingdom at the age of 17 before moving to Canada almost four years later. He worked numerous manual labour jobs and attended university, studying political science. He earned his law degree at the University of British Columbia and opened his own law firm. He has been a vocal opponent of violence and extremism.

Personal life

Ujjal Dosanjh was born in Dosanjh Kalan,[2] a village in Jalandhar district,[3] Punjab, India, in 1947.[4] After moving to another village, he lived with his grandfather, Moola Singh Bains, who had established a primary school.

Dosanjh gained an early interest in politics from listening to debates between his father, a follower of Jawaharlal Nehru and the populist Indian National Congress, and his grandfather, a former Indian freedom fighter and socialist.[5]

Dosanjh wanted to pursue an education in political science, but his father wanted him to be a doctor. So in 1964, at the age of 17, Dosanjh left India for the United Kingdom where he could pursue his own interests.

In London he learned English and worked as an assistant editor for a Punjabi-language newspaper. He emigrated to Canada three and a half years later, arriving in British Columbia on May 12, 1968, to live with his aunt.[6] majoring in political science. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in 1976 and was called to the bar the following year. During this time he taught English as a second language courses at Vancouver Community College and worked as an assistant editor of a local Punjabi newspaper.

He established his own law practice in 1979, specializing in family and personal injury law.[7] His involvement with community organizations included founding the Farm Workers’ Legal Information Service (later Canadian Farm Workers’ Union), serving on the board of directors for BC Civil Liberties Association and the Vancouver Multicultural Society, and the Labour Advocacy Research Association, as well as volunteer work with MOSAIC Immigrant Services Centre, and the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House.[8]

A prominent moderate Sikh in Vancouver, Dosanjh spoke out against violence by Sikh extremists who advocated Khalistani independence from India. As a result of these views, in February 1985 he was attacked in the parking lot of his law office by an assailant wielding an iron bar. Dosanjh, 37 at the time, suffered a broken hand and received 80 stitches in his head.[6][9]
He was targeted again, on 26 December 1999, while he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, when his constituency office was broken into and a Molotov cocktail left burning on a table.[10]

Dosanjh and his wife Raminder have three sons. In April 2000, his middle son, Aseem, was charged with assaulting an Ontario police officer during a bar brawl, but was found not guilty.[11] Dosanjh has travelled back to India several times, on official state business and for personal reasons, since emigrating. In January 2003, he was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Expatriate Indian Honour) from Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi. The award recognises individual excellence in various fields for persons of Indian origin across the world.[12]

In 2014, author Doug Welbanks published a biography, Unbreakable: The Ujjal Dosanjh story.[13]

Provincial politics

Dosanjh ran as the British Columbia New Democratic Party candidate in the Vancouver South riding in the 1979 and 1983 provincial elections.[14] He lost both times to the BC Social Credit Party candidates. He ran in the 1991 provincial election in the Vancouver-Kensington riding where he won as his party came to power. He would be re-elected in that same riding in the 1996 provincial election. He spent his first few years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly as a backbencher. In 1993, he chaired the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

He served two years as caucus chair for his party[15] until April 10, 1995, when Premier Mike Harcourt dismissed Robin Blencoe from his cabinet and replaced him with Dosanjh as Minister of Government Services and Minister Responsible for Sports.[16] A month later, in a small cabinet shuffle upon the resignation of Moe Sihota, Harcourt added Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and Human Rights to Dosanjh’s portfolio. In another cabinet shuffle, as Sihota was re-instated into the cabinet in August, Dosanjh’s portfolio was changed to Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, Human Rights and Immigration and he was appointed Attorney General.[15]

As Attorney General, Dosanjh oversaw the resolution of the Gustafsen Lake Standoff involving the Secwepemc Nation,[5] set up a database for registering violent offenders,[17] established a hate crime division in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,[15] and lobbied for more police officers, probation officers, and judiciary.[18] At the same time his office drew criticism for reducing legal aid and closing courthouses.[5]

As the Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, Human Rights and Immigration he successfully lobbied for laws giving same-sex couples the equal rights and responsibilities for child support, custody and access.[18]

In early 1999, a special prosecutor under the RCMP opened an investigation into possible influence peddling by Premier Glen Clark concerning casino licensing. On March 4, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raided the Premier’s house, they briefed Attorney General Dosanjh, whose office had to assist, and placed him under a gag order.[19] The order was lifted on August 13, he informed Clark, and called a press conference, after which Clark resigned as Premier.

Dosanjh’s actions were variously criticized for not informing his party caucus and not going public sooner, and applauded for avoiding perceptions of conflict of interest despite his power to intervene.[20]

The leadership convention to replace Clark was set for February 20, 2000. Dosanjh was among the front runners, along with Corky Evans, Gordon Wilson, and Joy MacPhail who all had served at various cabinet posts.[21] Clark, Wilson and fellow MLA Moe Sihota campaigned specifically against Dosanjh.[5] MacPhail dropped out and endorsed Dosanjh followed by Wilson dropping out and endorsing Evans.[22] Dosanjh was successful and became Premier on February 24, 2000, Canada’s first Indo-Canadian provincial leader.[23]

As Premier for two and a half sessions of the 36th Parliament, between February 24, 2000 and June 5, 2001, Dosanjh gave priority to issues of health care, education, and balanced budgets. A boost in government revenue from rapidly expanding oil and gas development,[24] led Dosanjh to direct the Finance Minister to draft balanced budget legislation.[25] With the previous year’s budget unexpectedly in surplus and increased revenue expected to continue, Dosanjh was able to keep the provincial budget in surplus while increasing spending by 8% in the 2001 budget year.[26] The increased spending was mostly directed to renovations of hospital, public schools and higher education institutions, as well as building cancer treatment centers, lowering post-secondary tuition fees, and creating significantly more new spaces in the province’s apprenticeship program and post-secondary institutions.[27]

Dosanjh became the first provincial leader to march in a gay pride parade and the provincial government adopted the Definition of Spouse Amendment Act which extended equal rights to same-sex couples.[28]

With Dosanjh as Premier the Legislative Assembly adopted the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Recovery Act which permitted lawsuits against tobacco organizations to re-coup associated health care expenses, the Sex Offender Registry Act, and the Protection of Public Participation Act which prevented lawsuits against citizens who participated in public processes.[25]

However, the BC NDP were deeply unpopular within the province, reaching a low at 15% support in opinion polls at the time of Glen Clark’s resignation as Premier in August 1999.[24] With Dosanjh as leader, support had risen to 21% by August 2000.[24] Dosanjh was consistently ranked higher personal popularity over opposition leader Gordon Campbell until the run-up to the May 16, 2001, provincial election.[clarification needed][29][30]

Dosanjh and the BC NDP knew they would not be reelected, so they concentrated their campaign to a few ridings in the Lower Mainland which were still considered competitive.[31] Their campaign focused on the expanding economy, issues of health care and education, and Dosanjh’s personal popularity over Campbell.[6][30] Dosanjh conceded defeat a week before the election, but requested voters consider making the NDP a strong opposition party.[32]

After the vote, on May 16, Dosanjh lost his seat in Vancouver-Kensington along with all but two members of his Cabinet in the second-worst defeat of a sitting provincial government in Canada. The BC Liberals won all 77 other seats.

Federal politics

Following the election loss Dosanjh returned to practicing law and let his party membership lapse.[33] There had been speculation dating back to October 2002 that Dosanjh was interested in joining the Liberal Party of Canada.[34]

New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton approached Dosanjh in 2003 to see if he was interested in running as a federal candidate but Dosanjh refused.[33]

In March 2004, with a federal election expected in the spring or summer, Prime Minister Paul Martin approached Dosanjh to be a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Dosanjh agreed and Martin appointed him to Vancouver South over two other nomination candidates while announcing Dosanjh as part of a team of BC star candidates along with economist David Emerson, union leader Dave Haggard, community activist Shirley Chan and Liberal party organizer Bill Cunningham.[35] The advertising of Dosanjh emphasized the party’s socially progressive aspect.[36] In the June election Dosanjh won his riding with 44.5% of the vote.

38th Canadian Parliament

In the 38th Canadian Parliament Dosanjh was appointed Minister of Health in the federal Cabinet.

As Health Minister, Dosanjh strongly supported Canada’s existing single-tier, publicly funded health-care system.[37] Dosanjh introduced legislation to make cigarettes fire safe,[38] new regulations to further limit lead content in children’s jewelry,[39] and supported and an NDP motion to ban trans fats.[40] He advocated that Canada ratify the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which they did in November 2004.[41]

Dosanjh funded a program to revise the Canada food guide to more include more multicultural foods and another program to integrate foreign-trained medical professionals into the health-care system.[42][43] Supported by a unanimous vote in the House of Commons, the government agreed to compensate the 6,000 Canadians infected with hepatitis C from tainted blood transfusion.[44]

Along with Prime Minister Martin, a 10-year, $41 billion funding plan was negotiated with the provinces to deliver health care – with $5.5 billion to specifically address wait times that had been an election issue during the 2004 federal election – but they rejected Premiers’ demands for a national program to purchase pharmaceuticals in bulk.[37][45]

As the Minister of Health, Dosanjh introduced Bill C-12 An Act to prevent the introduction and spread of communicable diseases which updated the 1985 Quarantine Act; it was given royal assent in May 2005.[46]

In May 2005, opposition MP Gurmant Grewal accused Dosanjh and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Tim Murphy, of attempting to bribe him with an ambassadorship and a senate seat for his wife, Nina Grewal, if he would cross the floor or abstain from a crucial upcoming vote.[47]

Grewal released tapes he secretly recorded of the conversation between Dosanjh, Grewal, and Murphy. Dosanjh claimed innocence and accused Grewal of altering the tapes to imply wrongdoing and the Prime Minister dismissed calls to remove Dosanjh from cabinet.[48]

Audio analysis concluded that the tapes were altered and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not pursue any criminal investigations.[49]

Nevertheless, fellow MP John Reynolds filed a complaint with the Law Society of British Columbia accusing Dosanjh of violating the Criminal Code and the society’s Professional Conduct Handbook.[50] The Law Society reviewed the affair and concluded that Grewal had attempted to elicit rewards for his compliance but cleared Dosanjh and Murphy of misconduct charges.[51]

39th Canadian Parliament

In the January 2006 federal election, Dosanjh decisively won his riding against Tarlok Sablok, the Indo-Canadian Conservative candidate, and the community activist and NDP candidate Bev Meslo.[52] With the Liberal party forming the Official Opposition, Dosanjh became the critic for National Defence and sat on the Standing Committee on National Defence and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

In the December 2006 Liberal leadership race he supported Bob Rae, a fellow former-NDP premier.[53] When Rae was eliminated on the final ballot, Dosanjh supported Stéphane Dion.[54] With Dion as the new leader, Dosanjh remained on the two committees but his critic responsibility was moved to Foreign Affairs.[55]

Dosanjh suffered a mild heart attack on the morning of February 13, 2007, outside the House of Commons. He was attended by fellow MP Carolyn Bennett, who is also a doctor, and he was rushed to hospital where a successful operation to remove a blood clot near his heart was performed.[56]

In the second session of the 39th Parliament, from October 2007 to September 2008, Dosanjh sat on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan, and his critic responsibility was moved Public Safety.

40th Canadian Parliament

The next election was called for October 2008. Dosanjh faced sociologist Wai Young running for the Conservatives, health worker Ann Chambers running for the NDP, and an IT consultant, Csaba Gulyas for the Green Party. Dosanjh won by 33 votes over Young, both receiving 38.4% of the vote. A recount confirmed Dosanjh’s victory but only by a margin of 22 votes.[57] The Conservative Party requested a second, judicial recount, which again confirmed Dosanjh as the victor.[58]

In the 40th Canadian Parliament, with his party once again forming the official opposition, Dosanjh was appointed the National Defence critic for the first parliamentary session which was short-lived. During the 2008–09 Canadian parliamentary dispute he defended the proposed coalition government as a reaction to inappropriate leadership on economic issues by the existing government.[59]

When Dion resigned as party leader, Dosanjh considered but did not run for leadership citing his inability to speak French and again supported Rae’s bid.[60] In October 2009, Michael Ignatieff appointed Dosanjh as the Liberals’ critic for National Defence.[61]

When the 40th Parliament re-convened for its 2nd session Dosanjh continued as the National Defence critic and served on the Standing Committee on National Defence, as well as the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan.

In the 3rd session of the 40th Parliament Dosanjh continued with the Standing Committee on National Defence and the Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan, but also sat with the Standing Committee on Health.

In September 2010 he was reassigned to being the critic on health for the Liberal Party. Dosanjh introduced private member bill C-467 An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (children born abroad) in the 2nd session, and re-introduced it in the 3rd session where it received 2nd reading in September 2010, which would grant natural citizenship to children born to, or adopted by, Canadian citizens working for the federal government (including members of the Canadian Forces).[62]

The bill was meant to repeal portions of the April 2009 amendments to the Citizenship Act which repatriated Lost Canadians but also removed the ability of Canadians to pass their citizenship onto their children if the children are born outside of the country.[63]

Dosanjh was defeated in the 2011 federal election which saw the Liberal Party reduced to third place in the House of Commons.

Vaisakhi Parade controversy

On April 16, 2010, the day prior to the annual Vaisakhi Parade held in Surrey, B.C., one of the parade organizers issued a statement indicating should Dosanjh and BC Liberal backbencher Dave Hayer choose to attend the parade, their safety could not be guaranteed. This was due in part to comments that Dosanjh had made after the parade in 2007, suggesting a police investigation into reports of a parade float that had a picture of Talwinder Singh Parmar on it, the alleged mastermind behind the bombing of Air India Flight 182. Dosanjh also expressed concerns over some attendees wearing International Sikh Youth Federation T-shirts, a terrorist organization that is banned in India, Britain, the United States, and Canada.

At least two complaints were made to RCMP about the comments by one of the parade organizers, Inderjit Singh Bains, on Sher-E-Punjab radio. During part of the show hosted by Gurvinder Dhaliwal, Bains spoke about the importance of honouring the Sikh faith and some logistics of the Surrey, B.C., parade that draws tens of thousands of people.

“Everybody’s invited except those who’ve been excluded,” he said of the event that would include security for some participants. “Everyone (is invited) except… two people – Ujjal Dosanjh and Dave Hayer,” he said. “We’ve never invited them. If they come they should bring their own security.”

Premier Gordon Campbell called for an apology. None was forthcoming and all three declined to attend the parade.[64] [65]

On April 23, 2010, the RCMP launched an investigation into threats made against Dosanjh on a Facebook site, titled “Ujjal Dosanjh is a Sikh Traitor.”

Canada’s Parliamentarians condemned any death threats against Dosanjh.[66][67][68]

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Further reading
• Interview footage of Dosanjh (Archive) from the documentary Air India 182
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Kingston, Ontario becomes the first Canadian municipality to endorse basic income

This is a significant event and a milestone in Canada. Kingston City Council in Ontario is the first Canadian municipality to endorse a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG).

In a vote held on Tuesday, December 15, the policy idea was unanimously endorsed with a 13-0 outcome in favour. The successful motion calls for a “national discussion of a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians”. It also asks for provincial and federal governments to investigate and develop the measure at the national level. The motion will be sent to all municipalities in Ontario with a request to endorse the initiative.

According to the approved text, the rationale for a BIG is the growing income insecurity and inequality, and the inadequacy of the current welfare system to address these issues. The motion states that:

A basic income guarantee would reduce income insufficiency, insecurity, and inequality and ensure everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live in dignity regardless of work status.

One of the biggest supporters of the outcome was former Kingston-area senator Hugh Segal. He has been an advocate for some form of basic income guarantee for decades, and took great pride in this result. Speaking to the local daily Kingston Whig-Standard, he stated that the “Council has shown tremendous courage and real leadership.” He went on to say that “it’s fiscally responsible and it responds to reality in terms of need… Give the money to people because they know where to spend it.”

This result comes at a time of change in the Canadian political landscape with the recent victory Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the national elections. Toni Pickard, a retired law professor from Kingston University and co-founder of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee, was interviewed by the same newspaper. She stressed that “the progress exceeds our hopes, to some degrees our imaginations. We expected maybe 20 years before any political take-up”. She remarked that Trudeau, the new Prime Minister, has declared poverty reduction is a top priority. A guaranteed basic income could be a way to help him make great strides in that area.

This is the first elected body in Canada to endorse the introduction of a basic income guarantee. In recent months, several Canadian mayors have spoken in favour of BIG. At the national level, the Canadian Medical Association endorsed BIG, and the National Women’s Liberal Commission, the women’s wing of the ruling party, has called for the federal government to launch a basic income pilot.

Kingston’s move is a significant step. We will have to wait and see whether this will encourage others to show the same support for BIG. With the changing political climate in Canada, it may well be a policy whose time has come.

For more information, see the following sources:

Paul Schliesmann, “Kingston council first to endorse guaranteed income,” The Kingston Whig-Standard, December 18, 2015.

Roderick Benns, “Kingston becomes first Canadian municipality to call for basic income guarantee,” Leaders and Legacies, December 16, 2015.

Roderick Benns interviews Toni Pickard, “Basic income guarantee and healthy minimum wage go hand in hand, says retired professor,” Leaders and Legacies, July 3, 2015.

Toru Yamamori, “CANADA: Ruling party’s women’s commission calls resolution for UBI experiment,” Basic Income News, November 6, 2015.

Josh Martin, “Canadian Medical Association officially endorses basic income at general council,” Basic Income News, September 6, 2015.

Will Wachtmeister, “CANADA: Edmonton mayor moots twin basic income pilot with Calgary,” Basic Income News, June 19, 2015.

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You Need a DNR – Do Not Resusciate – Order with You

After we are born there is only one given – one day we will die.

The question is – how will we die. Will we die peacefully or will we die being tortured?

Having been in emergency a few times myself and then surgery I know how I don’t want to die.

If you have friends who are emergency room doctors or nurses, or paramedics ask them how not to die.

Have a DNR – Do Not Resuscitate – order in writing with you when you are older – like me.

I do not want my last minutes in this particular body and reincarnation to end like this poor 90 year old woman who was dearly loved :

“She briefly regained a pulse and then died for the fourth and final time, with a tube in her trachea and esophagus, every rib broken, a needle in each side of her chest, IVs in each arm, special intravascular devices to each groin, and a catheter up her urethra.

I wish I could bestow my entire medical knowledge on patients and families before they ask to have “everything done”. They cannot possibly understand what they ask me to do to the ones they love.”

She rolled in to Resuscitation Bay One an ashen grey…continue reading…

How about you?

The time is now for a Basic Living Guarantee for all citizens

The time is now for a Basic Living Guarantee for all Canadian citizens.

A Basic Living Guarantee Now would include at least the 10 following items:

  1. Basic income guarantee
  2. Basic daycare guarantee
  3. Basic dental care guarantee
  4. Basic disabled care
  5. Basic education guarantee
  6. Basic health care guarantee
  7. Basic housing guarantee
  8. Basic pharma care guarantee
  9. Basic senior care guarantee
  10. Basic national Canadian health plan – no provincial health plans