The Alliance Against Poverty (the AAP), a local grassroots group pressing for economic justice for everyone, will hold an Information Walk outside of The Museum at 10 King St. W., Kitchener, from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m., where the CBC “Sounds of the Season” broadcast will occur tomorrow, Friday, December 4th.
The AAP believes that rather than treating the symptoms of poverty, such as lack of food, with food banks and a lot of expensively administered, overlapping social programs, a simpler and more effective approach is a cure for poverty that eliminates the need for perpetual treatments of poverty’s symptoms. That cure is a Guaranteed Livable Income, also known as a Basic Income.
The idea of a GLI is supported by a wide range of people and groups from conservative to progressive. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, stated "the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income." Canada’s former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal also has been an advocate of a GLI for decades.
In August 2015 the Canadian Medical Association passed a resolution recommending a GLI for Canadians, because doctors know that poverty has a huge impact on health, which drives up the costs of health care. A GLI would cost all levels of government a lot less than the present system of meagre social assistance. In addition, the Green Party supports a GLI.
The AAP wants to see a GLI implemented in Canada to wipe out poverty and make food banks unnecessary. During the Information Walk, AAP members will distribute handouts on the GLI.
However, the AAP says: “Until there’s a GLI, keep supporting the Food Bank.”
Richard Walsh email: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 519-897-3630
Justice beyond Charity: GLI for everyone will eliminate poverty, make people healthier, and cut health care costs.
The Canadian Medical Association says: Poverty is a public health issue, so we need to treat the cause with a Guaranteed Livable Income....not the symptoms with food banks.
Canadian Medical Association's prescription for Poverty: Treat the cause with a basic income - not the symptoms with food banks.