What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?

by Terrance Hunsley   There has been a lot of discussion about the need for a basic income of some form, in Canada as well as several other countries. Many proponents of reform call it a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), and it seems that several governments are considering it. I have already gone on record … More What could be achieved with a basic Income Guarantee and how could one be put in place?

Strengthening Local Government Capacity in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Editor’s note: The following submission, reprinted with permission of the Maytree Foundation, tackles a subject of growing importance and growing potential in the affirmation of social, economic and cultural rights, and the strengthening of democratic governance.   Recommendations on strengthening the capacity of local governments to be effective in delivering on the obligations of the … More Strengthening Local Government Capacity in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Refundable tax credits and the path to a basic income guarantee

by Robin Boadway    We are posting this article with permission of the author and  the Basic Income Guarantee Network, where it was originally published. It is a clear and simple explanation of a possible route to a guaranteed basic income, based on federal direct action.    The pursuit of a basic income guarantee (BIG) is … More Refundable tax credits and the path to a basic income guarantee

Basic Income: Lets Not do a Pilot Project

Politudes Commentary by Terrance Hunsley Since the election of the Trudeau government, there has been increased interest in the concept of basic income (also known as guaranteed income, and negative income tax). The confluence of liberal governments in Ottawa and seven provinces, as well as two NDP governments, suggests that a political consensus may be … More Basic Income: Lets Not do a Pilot Project

Research Chronicles disappointments in Prevention of Dementia – Cochrane Collaboration

The Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group of a global network of evaluation scientists (the Cochrane Collaboration) recently completed a systematic review of community and in clinic research to determine if giving cholesterol – lowering drugs (statins, specifically) to older people who were considered at risk of dementia but still with normal cognition, would prevent the … More Research Chronicles disappointments in Prevention of Dementia – Cochrane Collaboration

Cochrane Review of Smoking and Mental Illness: More Questions than Answers

A recently completed Cochrane Collaboration systematic review led by the Schizophrenia Group, was unable to come up with enough high quality evidence to indicate whether professional advice provided to people with serious mental illness is effective in reducing smoking among that population. However they did point out that people with serious mental illness are about … More Cochrane Review of Smoking and Mental Illness: More Questions than Answers

Understanding the Accidental American: Tina’s Story

By Allison Christians This is a reprint from Tax Analysts of a presentation by Prof. Allison Christians (McGill  Law). Politudes published an earlier paper by Prof Christians entitled “Challenging Fiscal Havens and Tax Avoidance by Global Corporations” (see recent posts). This article shows a kind of flipside, the heavy hand of US tax law for … More Understanding the Accidental American: Tina’s Story

It’s Time to Restore Canadian Democracy and Trust in Government (Politudes Commentary)

The massive election upset by Justin Trudeau with a message of hope and optimism shows that Canadians really want to trust and have pride in their national government. They voted for change and they want a working democracy. They voted bravely, to support investment in infrastructure and economic stimulus, redistributing tax revenues from the wealthy … More It’s Time to Restore Canadian Democracy and Trust in Government (Politudes Commentary)

It’s Time to Rethink Child Care: It’s Time for Pre-School

By Margaret McCain This article is reprinted with permission of the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy (thepearsoncentre.ca). It is a Canadian think tank which solicits proposals for progressive initiatives to put forward during the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign. Politudes is a non-partisan publication and does not endorse any party or platform, but publishes material … More It’s Time to Rethink Child Care: It’s Time for Pre-School