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Can't We Do Better Than NIMBY or YIMBY? With Shannon Gillies The 905er Podcast

Joel and Roland welcome back 905er regular, first ever '3rd time guest' and awesome Patreon supporter Shannon Gillies to discuss some of the problems with how debates on urban planning and intensification are discussed, how inevitable public resistance to change is handled, and how it can prevent us approaching the more complex discussions that need to happen if we are to design the best possible cities for our future. And do we need stronger city governments and stronger democracy to overcome the dysfunctional patterns we see in many 905 city halls? Then we look at the recent revelations with regard to Brampton's CAO, whose problematic career in Niagara has followed him to Brampton in what many would suggest is an entirely predictable manner. Thanks to those who help us put this together: Thanks to our patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team. The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes! Don’t forget to check out 905er.ca, even if you get the podcast delivered to you automatically. We post additional news and stories there, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.  
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  4. The 905er asks: "What is the true cost of COVID-19"
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I missed the chance to promote the latest episode of The 905er yesterday. I got busy, my bad. This week we were talking about Hamilton’s basic income experiment, the previous provincial Liberal government instituted. It’s a great discussion on what actually happens under a universal basic income to those who are on it. I highly recommend you listen to it, as it’s more than relevant these days with the federal CERB program winding down.

What do people have to say?

How Universal Basic Income Will Save the Economy – By Max Fawcett

Why Canada is now debating a basic income model – By Aaron Burnett

Has guaranteed basic income’s time arrived? Canada may find out. – By Sarah Miller Llana

Has the time finally come for UBI?

As CERB winds down the question is how do we prevent wide spread catastrophe of an anemic economy and to stop the spread of COVID-19? New programs have been implemented to begin soon. The question is what happens though once these plans end?

We are in the beginning of a second wave ripping through the Canadian economy. Our economy hasn’t fully recovered from the initial lockdown in spring. Many Canadians are unemployed or employed in precarious jobs. These jobs are focused on the retail and hospitality sectors. All of which are under heavy pressure from health professionals to be closed until the curve flattens. Whether or not the provincial government will abide by their recommendation is yet to be seen. Regardless, hearing from these industries, it is apparent that consumer confidence has yet to return to the economy as a whole.

Canadians on a whole are timid to enter into restaurants and retail spaces for the time being. Should our COVID-19 numbers continue to increase, the pressure may mount to invoke a second lockdown as a draconian last ditch measure to save lives. There is no crystal ball to use here. There is no clear cut policy decision that outlines if A happens, then you must implement B.

Instead, we need tools which are flexible enough to handle the ups and downs of an economy tied to the COVID-19 case curve. The economy will recover, new systems of commerce and business models will emerge from this pandemic. Human beings are inventive and resourceful. I have no doubt about that. However, it doesn’t mean we don’t need some help. A mechanism to help cushion the changes that we are all experience. To help cushion the economic falls due to lock down.

This seems to be our economy for the foreseeable future. At least until a vaccine has been developed and administered widely enough. Coming up with patchwork policy options for each economic downturn is wildly inefficient and doesn’t work to build up confidence in our economy. It is time to seriously take a look at instituting a permanent basic income model for Canada. It might prove to be as important in dealing with COVID-19 as wearing a mask.

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