A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income –part 2

Posted by on February 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm

A Valentine’s Day gift for benefit designers – a tale of two GAI’s Last week, I self-published: A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income[1]. In the Toronto Star on Saturday February 12, there was a lead editorial[2] on Guaranteed and basic incomes that set out the usual cautions about beautiful unicorns […]

The Open Policy Aptitude Test

Posted by on February 4, 2016 at 6:09 pm

The following policy aptitude test is administered on occasion to policy classes I attend at various levels. Many classes have scored 0 out of 20 and then missed all the tiebreakers. I don’t get asked to address many classes.   Spell Westminster (question issued orally)   Common reply puts in an extra ‘i’   What […]

City of Toronto Budget Deputation: John Stapleton; Scarborough, January 13, 2016: 6:00 p.m.

Posted by on January 14, 2016 at 8:26 am

I am a newly minted senior citizen. I have lived in Scarborough for the past 37 years. I am a proud resident of Scarborough but I see a problem. I see the problem of poverty in Toronto. I think that we can and should do more to eradicate poverty in our city Toronto is the […]

Life and Fun in 2016

Posted by on January 5, 2016 at 9:50 pm

There are a lot of fun things to do in 2016: Here are my top four, highly idiosyncratic entries,  all from watching evening television on Netflix or CBC Praise Keith Richards – Rock Historian: Tune into Netflix and go to the music documentaries. It takes a while until you realize that Keith Richards is in almost […]

On self exemption, framing and location: a meditation on race and other elements of personal biography that cannot be changed

Posted by on January 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

What can we not change? I want to use the word ‘racism’ in its broadest sense – much broader than it is currently used. The reason is that race is only one aspect of our humanity that no one can change. We can’t change our place of origin. All of us were born in one […]

Social Assistance in Ontario: Periods of Tumult and Calm

Posted by on January 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm

For the first time in over a year and without much fanfare, the Ontario Government has begun to publish monthly social assistance caseload numbers. One guesses that the reason for the hiatus was the much-reported troubles with their new social assistance computer system called SAMS. The newest figures are for November 2015 and the new […]

Time to look at income security for low income older adults with disabilities

Posted by on December 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

One of the long term goals I have for Open Policy is to cover all aspects of income security for all age groups for low income people with and without disabilities. This year, Open Policy managed to add a critical piece with the publication of Every Ninth Child in Ontario: A Cost-Benefit Analysis for Investing […]

Hunter Gatherers in Toronto: “What a long strange trip it’s been”

Posted by on October 25, 2015 at 2:28 pm

 “As soon as the rent is paid, first thing I do is stock up on food, which generally means I’ve got three days’ worth of food. For the rest of the month I hit soup kitchens, food banks. And I’m allowed to hit the food bank four times a month.  The clothes exchanges provide the […]

Scarborough Wants In!

Posted by on October 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

Toronto Tourism growing in importance In the afterglow of the Pan/Parapan Am Games, Toronto residents have fixated on tourism revenue and city building as important dividends arising from our successful hosting job. And now that the Games’ success has bolstered support for other hosting opportunities, new infrastructure projects and unprecedented levels of tourism are now […]

A reply to Martin Regg Cohn’s column: “Gambling on Horses hasn’t paid off”

Posted by on June 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

It’s hard to know if Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn is trying to use horse racing as a way to ‘spank’ the Provincial Liberal party. Maybe he is showcasing what he believes to be a “dying Liberal brand” through the Ontario government’s attempts to revive horse racing in Ontario. Regardless, Cohn’s column in the […]

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