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Yesterday I finally did it. I built up the courage to send a letter to Honourable Mr. PM of my country.

What did I talk about? How did I say it?

I spoke about Basic Income and told Honourable Mr. PM that I felt we needed Basic Income.

How did I say it? Not in my own words, beause, having no talent for languages and never having learned to speak the language of bureaucrats and politicians and all their friends, I came to the realization that I needed expert help. Therefore I used the better part of the recommended text offered at the website

An exerpt from my letter:

“To: Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
Parliamentary Bldg.
Ottawa, ONT.
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: Everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. ”

Yes, I know what you are thinking dear reader. My letter would never reach Mr. Honourable PM. It would be read by some machine. At least three months would pass before I might expect an answer. The answer would go something like: Your letter is important to us … Blah blah blah … The PM office is unable to … blah blah blah … Due to Privacy … Blah blah blah … wishes you the best in your future endeavours … Blah blah blah …

Imagine my surprise when I received an immediate response to my letter

“… Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.”
Oops I guess the return address was wrong. All those newsletters I’ve been receiving the past few years … supposedly coming from Mr. Honourable PM … It finally occurred to me that maybe they were coming from a different source … Hmmm a mystery in the house …
So … Try again is what I did. Checking the email address carefully … Typing it in … Pop … Out went the message.
Again … Instant reply:
“Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following

— Below this line is a copy of the message.”

Can there be a message without a messenger?
Can there be a commons without commoners?

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I am here for a limited time it seems. Power has been out since mid-afternoon, day before yesterday. I could see from my backyard that a tree had fallen across the powerline. I called NBPower. I guess they must be too busy in Fredericton to bother with us folks around Bathurst. Well got to go. My battern is wearing out. That is a battery that was recharged on a battery. Besides I guess I should go and clean out the food rotting in my frig. Freezer needs checking … How I dread opening that freezer door!

Seems NBPower has a planned hike …
Maybe to pay for the tenders … Do you suppose?

Hmmm … What if United we stood? What if Grannies were like those smart Union folks?

Then again … Seems those folks who last cleaned under the power lines were contract employees … Came onto my property … Cut down my rose bushes and cherry trees and highbush cranberries … Never bothered with the big trees on the