The older archives (>10 years old) have been substantially recovered -- more than 23,800 files' worth -- and are now reachable through the search engine and via file download. Email here if you have any questions.
Your support is essential if the service is to continue, there are bandwidth bills to pay every month and failing disk drives to replace. Volunteers do the work, but disk drives and bandwidth are not free. We encourage you to contribute financially, even a dollar helps. Click here to donate.
Welcome to the new Radio4all website! If you cannot log in, you may need to reset your password. Email here if you need additional support.
 
Program Information
Health Justice Radio Collective
Weekly Program
 Health Justice Radio Collective  Contact Contributor
Feb. 27, 2012, 7:31 p.m.
In an age of austerity, a time when public discourse related to healthcare revolves around which services to cut, its difficult to imagine that at one time in Canadian history, medicare was seen as just one part of a just society. The other part, was social assistance reform but it wasn't immediately clear what reform would look like. Between 1974 and 1979 in the small town of Dauphin, Manitoba, the government of Canada conducted one of the country's most interesting social experiments: MINCOME.

MINCOME was a guaranteed annual income field experiment targeted at the working poor. During the experiment, town residents received a minimum annual income regardless of whether or not they worked. That is, the working poor would receive their salary in addition to an income from the government. At the time, it was thought that such a system would eliminate the so-called welfare-trap which some argue dis-incentivizes the transition from social assistance to low-paying wage labour.

The experiment was cut short however, owing to a change in government and rising program costs associated with stagflation of the late 1970s. The data from the experiment was never analyzed. Now, 30 years later, health policy analyst and Professor, Evelyn Forget looks back at the data in her paper "The Town with No Poverty" to find out what effect a minimum annual income had on the health of individuals in the community of Dauphin, Manitoba. We speak with her today.
This program was originally aired on CFMU 93.3 FM in Hamilton. Check us out online at http://www.healthjusticeradio.com

Download Program Podcast
00:25:00 1 Feb. 21, 2012
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  View Script
    
 00:25:00  128Kbps mp3
(24MB) Mono
414 Download File...