Upcoming Webinar: Basic Income — Giving Canadians a Solid Floor to Stand On

Basic income advocates Dr. Andrew Pinto and former Senator Hugh Segal join us in our upcoming webinar.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 12-1PM Eastern

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The causes of food insecurity are undoubtedly complex and interconnected; yet one cross-cutting factor cannot be denied — poverty. 12.6% Canadians live below the Low Income Measure (as of 2011) and the costs of poverty in this country totals approximately $86 billion annually (OAFB, 2009). Clearly, this is a critical national issue that requires a national solution. Guaranteeing a basic income for all would both greatly reduce the number of Canadians experiencing food insecurity and, importantly, offer a more dignified social safety net that ensures no one falls below a certain income level. As Canadians prepare for a federal election this fall, we are calling on all political parties to commit to taking real action against poverty and to seriously explore basic income as part of the solution.

In this one hour webinar, we’ll be joined be two esteemed panelists who are leading the charge for basic income. Hugh Segal has been advocating for basic income through his many political posts (including as Conservative senator between 2005 and 2014), as an author, and as an academic. Dr. Andrew Pinto hails from the Centre for Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and is researching the effects of boosting incomes of low-income and otherwise marginalized patients. CFCC’s Chief Operating Officer, Kathryn Scharf, will moderate the conversation, and Food Secure Canada’s Director, Diana Bronson, will speak about how people across Canada can join Eat Think Vote — a national campaign for food security.

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12-1 PM Eastern

Where: Your computer

How much: Free!


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About basic income:

Available as an income top-up to any citizen who falls below a designated poverty line, a guaranteed basic income is a more streamlined, dignified, and empowering way to support those living on low incomes that would take the place of the complex social assistance systems currently in place. It is an upstream answer to the many downstream problems resulting from poverty. Learn more about why we support a basic income policy by reading this document outlining our rationale and proposed implementation of basic income as well as our Basic Income Backgrounder (attached above).


About the Panelists:

Hugh Segal is the fifth Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto. While in the Senate of Canada (Conservative, Ontario) he chaired both the committees on Foreign Affairs and Anti-Terrorism. A graduate ‎in history from the University of Ottawa, he is a former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal and Senior Fellow at both the Queen's School of Policy Studies and School of Business. He is the Honourary Chair of the Navy League of Canada and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary. An honorary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy, Hugh holds honorary doctorates from the Royal Military College and his Alma Mater. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2003.

Read our four questions with Hugh Segal 

Dr. Andrew Pinto is a family physician and Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He completed his Masters in health policy, planning and financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as a Commonwealth scholar. He is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital. He recently received a New Investigator Award in Clinical Public Health from the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, where he is an Assistant Professor. Andrew's research is focused on the evaluation of complex interventions that address social determinants and the health economics of primary care.

Read Dr. Pinto's guest post, "Reducing poverty, improving health"