College strike forces venue change for Ontario Basic Income Network meeting

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is in town this week and has organized a free public discussion on basic income this Friday, Nov. 3 — but it won’t be at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay after all, because of the protracted strike.

Instead, it will be at Celebrations, at 35 Lindsay St. N., the former Cambridge Street United Church, from 3:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens at 3 pm. 

About 2,000 students in Lindsay have been left out of class in a battle about job quality for college instructors.

Audrey Healy, union steward for Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 352, says that 81 per cent of courses taught at Ontario colleges are taught by contract faculty. These instructors go from semester to semester, never knowing if they will have another course to teach.

 

“We’ve asked for a 50-50 ratio instead,” Healy told The Lindsay Advocate, between part-time contract faculty and full-time work, among other concerns.

Basic Income Meeting

The basic income meeting is a chance to explore how basic income might benefit the town, according to the chair of OBIN’s provisional steering committee, Rob Rainer.

“The public event is an opportunity to explore the various ways basic income could really help the people of Lindsay,” he says.

“A diversity of speakers will be sharing their varying perspectives on the difference basic income could make,” Rainer adds.

Lindsay is critical to the success of the pilot, given the size of the town and the number of expected sign-ups.

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