Why Should I Care? Basic Income: Ontario’s Pilot Project

July 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
The Madison (Downtown)
14 Madison Ave
Toronto, ON M5R 2S1

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Senator Eagleton and Professor Stephen Chen will lead a discussion on the need for, and expected outcomes of this Basic Income pilot.

Ontario is embarking on a pilot project to test the effectiveness of the Basic Income Guarantee, a form of social assistance in which recipients receive an unconditional sum of money.

The persistence of poverty, rising wealth inequality, and a changing job market are some of the drivers behind the renewed interest in basic income schemes. Even Silicon Valley has started to advocate for basic income as they see their technologies replacing a lot of paid human work in the near future, faster than we can create new jobs.

After tabling a motion in the Senate to test Basic Income, Senator Art Eggleton is about to see this project finally take flight. Senator Eagleton and Dr. Stephen Chen, Associate Professor of Information Technology at York University, will be joining us to lead a discussion on the need for, and expected outcomes of this Basic Income pilot.

We will be at the Madison Avenue Pub on July 17. Doors open at 7:00pm, and the discussion starts promptly at 7:30pm.

As always, our events are free, you only have to pay for what you order.

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About the event organizer "Why Should I Care?"

Why Should I Care? is a non-profit group of concerned Canadians who care about the state of our democracy and political system.

At WSIC we believe that a strong and healthy democracy requires citizens who are engaged with and well informed about the issues affecting their community and society. We want to make it ‘ok’ to talk about politics again by breaking the current norm of  a top-down political discourse comprised of polarized talking points that causes voter apathy and cynicism, and providing a grassroots forum for discussing difficult issues in a safe, non-partisan environment with interested neighbours and volunteer experts.