Governments across the globe are scrambling to provide financial assistance for workers unable to earn money during the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s a difficult task determining how to get funds to those most in need — those who often fall off the employment radar thanks to the expanded gig economy…

Fortunately, Ron Hikel has the answer. Hikel was the executive director of the original Mincome project in Dauphin, Manitoba, from 1974 to 1978 and he’s been advocating for a universal basic income (BI) ever since. However, Hikel recommends against a hurriedly thrown together form of BI to meet the immediate financial needs of people thrown out of work because of COVID-19. Implementing a serious basic income program should wait until the COVID-19 crisis has passed.