EventsDialogue: Universal Basic Income

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Dialogue: Universal Basic Income

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM


At EPL, we want to have a conversation with you. The topics may be sensitive, difficult or emotional but the Dialogue events are a space to learn, share, and ask questions.

Universal Basic Income (UBI) or Guaranteed Income can be defined as regular income provided by the government, with no (or minimal) restrictions, that would provide enough for basic needs.

In this online discussion, we will hear from several speakers about UBI. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists:

Evelyn L Forget is a leading authority on basic income in Canada. She began researching basic income by re-analyzing Canada’s 1970s Mincome experiment and continues that work as an economist in the School of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Basic Income for Canadians was shortlisted for the Donner Prize for excellence in public policy writing. Her work has been featured widely in major media, including The Globe and Mail, PBS Marketplace, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Jenna van Draanen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, and her research focuses on the role of socioeconomic marginalization in mental health and substance use disorders. Jenna serves on the Board of Directors of the Basic Income Canada Network and has been on the Board since 2011.

Rebecca Graff-McRae is a Research Manager for the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies at Queen’s University Belfast, exploring the role of memory and commemoration in post-conflict transition. She has previously held a research assistantship with the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s, and post-doctoral research fellowships at Memorial University Newfoundland and the University of Alberta.

Hannah Pazderka is an adjunct professor in Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. She has focused on child and adolescent mental health for the last 11 years, and became sensitive to the need for a universal basic income after seeing the widespread mental health aftereffects of job loss to families following the Ft McMurray wildfire in 2016. Hannah is new to the Board of Directors at Basic Income Canada Network, and excited to be involved.

The event will be moderated by local author, Carissa Halton. Carissa is an award winning writer, speaker, and facilitator. Her writing has appeared in Today’s Parent, Alberta Venture, Eighteen Bridges, Postmedia newspapers and more. Her essays, often at the intersection of politics, economics and society, have been anthologized and have won her both an Alberta and National Magazine Award. Her debut book, Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood, was shortlisted for the 2019 Robert Kroetsch Edmonton Book Prize. Carissa lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three school-aged children. Currently, she’s working on a novel.

This is an online registered event. A link to the session will be emailed to registrants a few days beforehand. Zoom, a third-party app, will be used for this virtual session. By joining, you acknowledge that EPL does not take responsibility for Zoom's privacy policies and practices.

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