september, 2021

21sep8:00 pm8:45 pmThe Case for Basic Income: A Conversation with Jamie Swift & Elaine PowerJamie Swift, Elaine Power, Moderator: Cheri DiNovo8:00 pm - 8:45 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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  • Cheri DiNovo

    Cheri DiNovo


    Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo, C.M. is the minister at Trinity-St. Paul’s, Toronto. She is a Member of the Order of Canada, recognized for her contributions to provincial politics and her lifelong advocacy of social justice. A former Ontario MPP, Cheri passed into law more pro-LGBTQ legislation than anyone in Canadian history.


  • Elaine Power

    Elaine Power


    Elaine Power is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies and Head of the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Her research lies at the intersection of food, poverty and public health. She created and taught the Queen’s course, HLTH 101, The Social Determinants of Health, which explores the “upstream” determinants of health, including income, racism and white privilege, education, gender, colonialism and their intersections. She is the co-founder of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee and a passionate advocate for basic income.


  • Jamie Swift

    Jamie Swift


    Kingston writer-activist Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books. His 2017 exploration of  how Canada remembers war was The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War”, with Ian McKay. That book  was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing. And the Canadian Historical Association’s prize for the best work of history.

    Jamie has held the Michener Fellowship for Public Service Journalism and has received the Community Activist of the Year Award from the Kingston Labour Council. He did social justice work for the Sisters of Providence for fifteen years and was a longtime documentary producer for CBC-Radio Ideas. He is looking forward to soon becoming a grandfather.


Event Details

A featured conversation with co-authors Jamie Swift and Elaine Power about their new book The Case for Basic Income. Moderated by radical reverend Cheri DiNovo.

Books featured:

The Case for Basic Income
Between The Lines Press

Inequality is up. Decent work is down. Free market fundamentalism has been exposed as a tragic failure. In a job market upended by COVID-19—with Canadians caught in the grip of precarious labour, stagnant wages, a climate crisis, and the steady creep of automation—an ever-louder chorus of voices calls for a liveable and obligation-free basic income.

Could a basic income guarantee be the way forward to democratize security and intervene where the market economy and social programs fail? Jamie Swift and Elaine Power scrutinize the politics and the potential behind a radical proposal in a post-pandemic world: that wealth should be built by a society, not individuals. And that we all have an unconditional right to a fair share.

In these pages, Swift and Power bring to the forefront the deeply personal stories of Canadians who participated in the 2017–2019 Ontario Basic Income Pilot; examine the essential literature and history behind the movement; and answer basic income’s critics from both the right and left.

The Queer Evangelist
WLU Press

In The Queer Evangelist, Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo (CM) shares her origins as a young socialist activist in the 1960s, and her rise to ordained minister in the ‘90s and New Democratic member of provincial parliament. During her tenure representing Parkdale-High Park in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2006 to 2017, DiNovo passed more LGBTQ bills than anyone in Canadian history.

She describes the behind-the-scenes details of major changes to Canadian law, including Toby’s Law: the first Transgender Rights legislation in North America. She also passed bills banning conversion therapy, proclaiming parent equality for LGBTQ parents, and for enshrining Trans Day of Remembrance into Ontario law. Every year on November 20th in the legislature, the provincial government is mandated to observe a minute of silence while Trans murders and suicides are detailed.

Interspersed with her political work, DiNovo describes her conversion to religious life with radical intimacy, including her theological work and her ongoing struggle with the Christian Right. Cheri DiNovo’s story shows how queer people can be both people of faith and critics of religion, illustrating how one can resist and change repressive systems from within.