A ‘Robin Hood’ Budget for 2016 in Ontario

Posted by on February 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

“Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men Feared by the bad, loved by the good Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.” In the Budget lockup yesterday, I started to silently sing the Robin Hood song that I learned back in the 1950’s as a kid. […]

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income –Part 4

Posted by on February 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Differences in contributions, services and need Now it’s time to talk about rights and human dignity – but I want to set the table first. I’m also not going to repeat too much from the first three entries. I am going to assume you have read them if you are now reading entry #4. In […]

A young person’s guide to a guaranteed annual or basic income – Part 3

Posted by on February 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

What to do with our emotionally charged income security system To many, a GAI or basic income looks like a bauble or a confection. It’s up there with solving gridlock,  reducing global warming and curing cancer. Easy to want and easy to say – wicked hard to do! The problem with a GAI is not […]

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 […]

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