In this episode Sandy and Nora celebrate 100 by going back to a debate that has surfaced in the past few weeks: universal basic income. They argue that a UBI, in absence of a strong social support system, would be a mistake.

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3 comments on Episode 100 – Universal income? Basic.

  1. Nina white says:

    I believe universal income is the only way to eliminate poverty if we want a healthy and prosperous country for all our people not just for those that can afford the right nutrition and shelter. Levels of participation in our society prevent children and young adults from becoming who they want to be and who we would like to see them be as we move forward in our new normal.

    1. Rachael says:

      Hi Nina,

      Did you listen to the podcast though?

  2. Graeme says:

    Strong social programs would be wonderful, but they don’t solve all the issues that a UBI could. Many of these discussions seem to come from the point of view of people who work regular jobs. Small business owners, and gig workers are in a whole different situation. Getting a new business off the ground while having to work 3 other jobs in somewhere like Toronto is next to impossible if you don’t have some angel investor giving you thousands of dollars.

    With a UBI of even just $1000/mth a new business owner could focus their attention on properly running the business and getting it off the ground instead of working a part time job to make your basic needs (rent, food, phone) and splitting attention making everything weaker.

    Unfortunately human greed will also play a factor, landlords will raise rents, transit will rise, etc. But perhaps then in conjunction there needs to be a cap or limit on how much these things can rise.

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