Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:39 AM
Lydia Leftcoast (47,900 posts)
Goar: Anti-Poverty Success Airbrushed
"Sitting tantalizingly in a warehouse in Winnipeg are 2,000 boxes of information about one of the most fascinating social policy experiments in Canadian history.
Evelyn Forget, a professor of health sciences at the University of Manitoba, fought for five years to get access to those boxes, owned by Archives Canada. She finally succeeded in 2009, but the bulging files — statistics, completed questionnaires, interview transcripts, all on paper — overwhelmed her. “Until it is computerized, analyzing the data in a systematic way would be incredibly expensive,” she says.
Nevertheless, she has been able to piece together part of the story, using the census, public health insurance records and the recollections of researchers and participants.
The experiment began in 1974. It was designed to test the concept of a guaranteed annual income in a small, fairly typical, community. Dauphin, a rural municipality of 13,000 midway between Winnipeg and Regina, was chosen at the behest of former Manitoba premier Ed Schreyer."
Kind of blows all the right-wing arguments out of the water.
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