What if a town decided to give everyone enough money to live above the poverty line? What would change?
Those questions were put to to the test in Dauphin, Manitoba from 1974 to 1979 and the results of this research, long ignored in boxes, are now all the buzz. Basic Income Guarantee or BIG is once again being explored and experimented with, as a way to address the income gap and the social costs of material poverty, in countries as diverse as India and Finland.
At IMAGINATE: An Evening of Possibility on Thursday, April 28, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra will share some of the findings from the Dauphin, Manitoba Mincome project and make the pitch for a national BIG solution. Dr. Salvaterra is the Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough, and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto. She thinks that the Basic Income Guarantee is one of the best ideas for solving poverty and health issues--an idea that has agreement from both the right and left ends of the political spectrum.
Tickets for IMAGINATE 2016 are available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office in Port Hope.