Sunday, 4 December 2016

above the line

While so far the idea of abating the creeping and insidious traps that come with low income and institutionalised poverty with a universal basic income have failed in the Netherlands and Switzerland, Ontario is ready to embark upon this experiment in the coming year.

A former provincial senator will spearhead a pilot project that will eventual replace some of the entrapment of welfare programmes that can sometimes prove demeaning and arguably counter-productive with a $1320 monthly income. What do you think?  The new programme will have a lot of unanswered questions (and the effects of social nudges) vested in it and trials will certainly be under due scrutiny, but Canada really deserves applause for trying to redress financial and time (having the luxury to pursue higher education rather than entering the workforce straightaway or having to tend after a sick loved one or young child alone and having to choose between a career and care) poverty and social disparity.