Inroads 49 comes out at a time when, even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us, we can begin to look ahead to a post-COVID world. One question for that world is whether society would benefit from a universal basic income. Elaine Power and Jamie Swift, authors of The Case for Basic Income, maintain that it would; economist John Richards is sceptical. Derek Shearer takes stock of a politically divided United States. Anne Michèle Meggs continues her deep dive into Canada’s immigration policy. Patrick Webber looks at Atlantic Canada’s relatively successful management of the pandemic and its opportunities for the future. And two articles examine what happens when public health authorities and religious groups have conflicting priorities.