[CivicAccess-discuss] "A Town Without Poverty? Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning"
glen.newton at gmail.com
Sat Sep 24 06:34:40 EDT 2011
"...For a four-year period in the '70s, the poorest families in
Dauphin, Manitoba, were granted a guaranteed minimum income by the
federal and provincial governments. Thirty-five years later all that
remains of the experiment are 2,000 boxes of documents that have
gathered dust in the Canadian archives building in Winnipeg.
Until now little has been known about what unfolded over those four
years in the small rural town, since the government locked away the
data that had been collected and prevented it from being analyzed.
But after a five year struggle, Evelyn Forget, a professor of health
sciences at the University of Manitoba, secured access to those boxes
in 2009. Until the data is computerized, any systematic analysis is
impossible. Undeterred, Forget has begun to piece together the story
by using the census, health records, and the testimony of the
program's participants. What is now emerging reveals that the program
could have counted many successes."
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