Good food reads 10/17/2018

Why a Canadian basic income is inevitable, Evelyn Forget, Globe and Mail

Evelyn Forget, the University of Manitoba researcher who compiled and analyzed the results of the 1970s Mincome basic income experiment in Manitoba, argues a basic income in Canada is inevitable for two key reasons: the changing nature of and increasing precarity of work for the middle class and the mismatch between federal coffers and provincial responsibility for health and social programs. From the piece:  “...basic income is not just about welfare reform. A basic income is most valuable to people in the middle class and those hoping to join them.”

Social murder and the Doug Ford government, Dennis Raphael, Toronto Star

Dennis Raphael, a professor of health policy and management at York University, recalls Frederick Engels evocative term “social murder” — coined to describe the deaths of working class people in Manchester because of their working conditions — and says we should keep it in mind given the austerity agenda of Premier Doug Ford. An agenda that he argues could lead to the deaths of low-income individuals who are at greater risk for disease and death. From the piece: “And make no mistake about it. Doug Ford policies will kill. And these policies will not just kill the least well-off but affect the quality of life of all. Let’s not put neutral labels on what Doug Ford is doing. It is more than austerity, cutbacks and conservative politics. It is social murder.”

Child poverty plagues every corner of Toronto, census data shows, Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star

Social Planning Toronto’s annual report finds that upwards of 125,000 Toronto children — more than one in four — are growing up in poverty in every ward of the city. Using new 2016 Census data, the report states that Toronto also maintains the child poverty capital of Canada with a 26.3 per cent overall poverty rate. Social Planning Toronto says its findings underscore the need for the next mayor and council to make a serious commitment and take real action to improve conditions for families struggling in the city. From the piece: “Toronto is a city of great wealth and prosperity,” report says. “We can do better and … we must do better.”

Inequality as a Lethal Disorder, Bandy Lee, Psychology Today

Bandy Lee connects growing global inequality to not just poor health or economic outcomes, but also to conflict and climate change and says we must look at inequality as a disorder in itself. She writes that inequality may put the world at risk of environmental and nuclear harm. Income and wealth gaps can accelerate the environmental crisis, she writes, with more local and global conflicts over the shared burdens of pollution and access to natural resources. From the piece: “Economic inequality is often a symptom of societal disorder, but it is also a cause. The broken conditions of inequality often allow for all forms of disorder to happen.”