‘Why Should I Care’ dialogue to focus on guaranteed basic income, future of work

 TORONTO, July 14, 2017 – Earning a living based only on “paid work” could become a thing of the past —even within our lifetimes — according to York University Information Technology Professor Stephen Chen who sees a need for finding solutions to income loss in the “post-work” world. Chen joins Senator Art Eggleton and non-profit group “Why Should I Care” (WSIC) next week in Toronto to explore the future of work and pay.

Chen and Eggleton will discuss the need for, and potential outcomes of, Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Project, at an event organized by WSIC.

WHAT: Basic Income: Ontario’s Pilot Project, a panel discussion followed by a Q & A session on Ontario’s pilot to grant a basic annual income to randomly selected applicants from Hamilton, Brantford, Brant County, Lindsay and Thunder Bay communities.

WHO:
- Professor Stephen Chen, undergraduate program director at the School of Information Technology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
- Former Toronto Mayor and current Ontario Senator Art Eggleton
- Why Should I Care? (WSIC) non-profit group

WHEN: July 17, 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: Madison Ave., 14 Madison Avenue, Toronto M5R 2S1

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