The Massey Dialogues – Hugh Segal on Judgement-free money efficiently distributed: Time for a Basic Income?

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The Massey Dialogues – Hugh Segal on Judgement-free money efficiently distributed: Time for a Basic Income?

Thursday, April 2 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Is it time to revisit the discussion on Basic Income in light of COVID-19?

Junior Fellow Krish Bilimoria will interview former Massey Principal Hugh Segal about his long-time advocacy for a basic annual income in Canada, and how the economic impact of COVID—19 should warrant a reconsideration towards adopting this economic policy. Senior Fellow and Physician and Health Care Expert,  Dr. Danielle Martin, and Senior Fellow Dr. Peter G. Martin, from the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, will join the conversation to reflect on what they find intriguing, inspiring, or disconcerting about the idea of basic income and how it applies to their own professions.


The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Massey Members are asked to please RSVP their attendance below.

Click here Thursday at 5:00pm EST to join this livestream event. . Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues.

The Honourable Hugh Segal was the fifth Principal of Massey College, and is a political strategist, author, commentator, academic and former senator. His public policy focus for many years has been reforming income security in Canada with a Basic Income guarantee. His foreign policy focus as Chair of the NATO Council of Canada, and Co-Chair of the Democracy 10 International Strategy Forum, grouping the 10 major democracy countries in the defence and promotion of the two core freedoms: from fear and from want. He has written seven books on public policy, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and the Royal Military College. He is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, and most recently, served as Canada’s Special Envoy. He is a member of the Eminent Persons Group dealing with human rights and rule of law in Commonwealth countries. He wrote the proposal published by Ontario for a pilot project on a Basic Income.


Dr. Danielle Martin MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Executive of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), where she is also a practicing family physician. Danielle is leading the hospital’s strategy to establish Women’s Virtual, Canada’s first virtual hospital, aimed at improving care and reducing health system costs in ways that can be scaled up across our health care system.

Danielle’s policy, clinical and academic expertise, combined with her commitment to health equity, have made her a highly regarded health system leader. She regularly provides expertise and formal advice to lawmakers both nationally and abroad.

Danielle holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She is an active scholar and an internationally recognized researcher on health system issues.

As a well-recognized media spokesperson, Danielle frequently provides commentary on health issues through her work as a health contributor at the CBC. Her national bestselling book ‘Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians’, was released in 2017.

In conjunction with her work at WCH, Danielle is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. The recipient of many awards and accolades, in 2019 she became the youngest physician ever to receive the F.N.G Starr Award, the highest honour available to Canadian Medical Association members.


Dr. Peter G. Martin, OC, FRSC, PhD is one of Canada’s foremost astronomy researchers and stands as an influential leader in international astronomy. A professor at the University of Toronto, he has developed computer models that use astronomical observations and physical processes to better understand interstellar matter and how it relates to stellar evolution. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and the Dunlap Institute, two world-class institutes that have increased Canada’s research capacity and global reputation in astronomy and astrophysics. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.


Krish Bilimoria is a first-year Resident Junior Fellow and second-year medical student. He has worked broadly across research in genetic & molecular epidemiology, global health impact investment, and global health ethics. He is the current Vice-President Finance for the UofT Medical Society and the Treasurer for his ethnic community association. On the off-chance he isn’t scrutinizing statistical methods in clinical research, he’s probably in the middle of a yoga pose, or striking a Bollywood dance move.


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Thursday, April 2
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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