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Symposium - Basic Income Guarantee - February 22

Murphy's Community Centre, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) is sponsoring a seniors’ symposium entitled, Basic Income Guarantee: We can make it happen.

The Voluntary Resource Council (VRC) is sponsoring a seniors’ symposium entitled, Basic Income Guarantee: We can make it happen.
Pre-registration is required. To pre-register please call Sylvie Arsenault (902-368-7337) or e-mail (vrc@eastlink.ca).
The registration deadline is February 14, 2020 (Valentine’s Day).
Non-seniors are also most welcome.
There is no charge for this event.
Participants are advised that it is to be a scent-free event.
Travel subsidies are available on request as well as child and elder care support.
The symposium offers information on Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), a program that has been tested in many parts of the world and found successful. The organizers hope that the symposium will identify ways and means of encouraging seniors and non-seniors to learn more about the Basic Income Guarantee.
The project and its symposium emphasize the importance of seniors’ participation in movements which aim to more evenly “share the wealth”. Marie Burge of Cooper Institute, coordinator of the VRC project, says, “All people have the right to an adequate income, at least to cover basic human needs. All people have the right to dignity, regardless of age or source of income”. She adds, “There is growing momentum across the country for PEI to be the starting place for a full-province basic income federal-provincial program, with a clear goal of creating a path to nationwide Basic Income Guarantee.”
There will be a keynote speaker for the February symposium who will outline the benefits of Basic Income Guarantee and some of the difficulties involved in making it work. This will include a review of some of the objections which are often raised by those who oppose BIG, or by those unsure of its possible outcomes.
The interactive symposium is part of the VRC’s 2019-20 Seniors Promoting Livable Income project, which held five training sessions this past fall. Seniors who participated in the training program have designed and organized the symposium. They will also take a lead role in directing the symposium on the day of the event.
The project is partially funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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