Ever wondered what basic income is all about? Ever wish you had others to speak to about it? Although discussions on basic income have existed for decades, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the conversation to the forefront of Canadian policy. Join OCIC’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub for a series of conversations and workshops featuring a range of voices on this issue, to co-imagine how it could become a reality in Canada.
This four-part series, consisting of three webinars and a design thinking workshop, will build your knowledge and understanding of Basic Income from various perspectives and lenses. The series is free and open to all. Registration is required.
The first one hour of each of the three webinars will be recorded and made publicly available for future viewing, this may include poll results and Q&A. Please note that all participant inputs will remain anonymous; only aggregate responses will be made public. Should you prefer to remove your input from the recording and/or any public records, please let the facilitators know before or immediately after the webinar.
Basic Income Resource List
BI 101: Foundations in Basic Income (June 11, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT)
In this webinar, we explored the fundamental building blocks of Basic Income (BI), BI cases across industries and political lines, and BI through the lens of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The webinar also provides participants with tangible opportunities and methods to support Basic Income in Canada. For each webinar, we start with a 30-minute Conversation Café where participants go into breakout rooms for small group discussion to share and expand upon the learning of the day.
Missed the session? You can watch the recording of BI101: Foundations of Basic Income on our YouTube channel.
The Case for BI – Part I (June 18, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT)
Featuring expert panelists on different segments of the BI conversation, the webinar will focus on four cases for BI through a panel discussion and participant Q&A. For each webinar, we will start with a 30-minute Conversation Café where participants will go into breakout rooms for small group discussion to share and expand upon the learning of the day.
Panelists (see bios in the next section):
- Dr. Gary Bloch, Family physician and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto
- Senator Donna Dasko
- Robert Kiley, City Councillor, City of Kingston
- Shiva Mazrouei, Research Officer at YWCA Canada
Missed the session? You can watch the recording of The Case for BI – Part I on our YouTube channel.
The Case for BI – Part II (July 2, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT)
Continuing the discussion in Part I, the last webinar will focus on another four cases for BI through a panel discussion and participant Q&A. For each webinar, we will start with a 30-minute Conversation Café where participants will go into breakout rooms for small group discussion to share and expand upon the learning of the day.
Panelists (see bios in the next section):
- Fay Blaney, Educator and activist
- Chloe Halpenny, Researcher at Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
- Floyd Marinescu, Founder of UBI Works and CEO and co-founder of C4Media
- Maggie Pham, Artist and entrepreneur
- Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto
[Recording coming soon!]
Design Thinking: BI Futures Thinking Workshop (July 16, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT)
After the webinar series, join the youth policy-makers for a virtual design thinking workshop to co-create and co-imagine futures where BI is a reality in Canada. Specifically, we will be focusing on the case for guaranteed liveable income and exploring questions like “What will such a shift mean for gender equality,” “What will such a shift mean for youth empowerment” and “How will it support international cooperation and the efforts towards sustainable development?”
Christina Muia, OCIC Youth Policy-Makers Hub
Christina is currently a youth policy maker at OCIC. She is passionate about poverty reduction and social justice which has led her to work and volunteer in the international development, nonprofit and public sectors on many projects including youth and women empowerment, climate change and food security projects. She is a current member of the Association of Professional Futurists, a global community dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of futures thinking. She would like to continue strengthening work that has tangible impacts to young people in Canada and globally.
Dr. Gary Bloch
Dr. Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital and Inner City Health Associates and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. His internationally recognized clinical, research, advocacy and innovation work focuses on the role of health providers in addressing social risks to health. He is a senior fellow with the Wellesley Institute and an AMS Phoenix Fellow.
Senator Donna Dasko
Donna Dasko was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 6, 2018. She is a respected national pollster, media commentator, and private sector business leader with considerable public policy experience. Dr. Dasko was formerly Senior Vice-President of Environics Research Group Ltd, and built the firm from a small consultancy into one of Canada’s leading research firms. During her career, she led major research studies for federal and provincial departments and agencies, private sector clients, and NGOs, in areas including the economy, budget priorities, tobacco control, health promotion, national unity, and many others. She was a leader in developing media-sponsored polling including the Globe-Environics Poll and election and special feature polling for the CBC.
She holds a Ph.D. and MA from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Dasko is a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and taught in its Master’s program before her Senate appointment. She is a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions.
Chloe (she/her) is a feminist, researcher, volunteer, and storyteller committed to a more equitable world. As a researcher with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, she leverages research and evaluation to inform evidence-based social policy and programming. After spending a year interviewing participants in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot for her Master’s research, she now serves as the Vice-Chair of the Basic Income Canada Youth Network and sits on the Basic Income Taskforce for Senator Marilou McPhedran’s Youth Advisory, advocating for a basic income on behalf of youth across Canada. Chloe holds an MPhil in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University. She lives, works, and plays on unceded Algonquin land, colonially known as Ottawa.
Supply teacher by day, City Councillor by night, Robert is a well-known community leader and speaker. He is passionate about climate change, social justice, democratic reform, and good jobs. Robert is also the chair of the National Basic Income Canada Youth Network and board member of the Climate Caucus.
Floyd is the founder of UBI Works and the CEO and co-founder of C4Media, which provides software development news and learning events serving 1.2 million online on InfoQ.com, and 8,000 attendees annually via QCon conferences in SF, NY, London, Beijing, Shanghai, and Sao Paulo. Floyd is an angel investor in over a dozen startups and has built teams and businesses in the US, Canada, China, Brazil, and Europe. Floyd is a CEO advocate for universal basic income and together with Paul Vallée, CEO of Pythian, organized 120 Canadian CEOs to endorse basic income in Canada in Oct 2018.
Shiva Mazrouei is a passionate researcher, facilitator, and coffee-consumer. She is currently carrying out national research on women’s access to gainful employment as the Research Officer at YWCA Canada, focusing on the barriers faced by made-vulnerable women. Shiva has also led various initiatives and events focused on women’s experiences, diversity, equity and inclusion in her work in the non-profit and humanitarian sectors
Maggie Pham is an artist and entrepreneur, based in Toronto Canada. Born in HK and raised in Toronto, she ventured into Montréal ten years ago and since then has been an avid researcher on capitalism, a community friend and world traveler. Maggie is always happy to discuss the mechanisms of society to further the discussion of evolution, when it comes to underserved and marginalized communities. Currently, she’s in Toronto working on her upcoming extended play record as well as helping her community make sense of the difficult history that we are going through in the present 2020.
Paul is an anti-poverty activist and the executive director of FoodShare Toronto, one of Canada’s largest food justice organizations. “Food,” says Paul, “is a fundamental human right.” Growing up in poverty has inspired his deep commitment to fighting for a more just society.
About OCIC’s Youth Policy-Makers Hub
The Youth Policy-Makers Hub (YPH) is a signature initiative of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC). YPH is an multi-generational initiative that engages diverse youth from across Ontario in international cooperation policy processes in support of Gender Equality, Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) action areas, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).