Demonstrators rally against basic income cancellation in Thunder Bay

CBC News

About 30 people braved the cold weather on Tuesday afternoon to raise their voices at an anti-poverty rally outside city hall in Thunder Bay, Ont. 

Demonstrators held signs and set up tents at the event, which was organized by the grassroots group Disrupt and held to protest changes to provincial social assistance programs, including the cancelation of the basic income pilot. 

"We're having a public demonstration just to bring attention to the abject poverty that is currently occurring in our city and the fact that it's going to get worse with all of the changes that the Ontario government is making," said Angie Lynch, one of the organizers of the event. 

"And we have the tents here as a visual demonstration of what our city's going to be looking like if we don't start dealing with this poverty now."

Lynch said people are worried about changes to labour law, as well as recent social assistance reform that included a change to the definition of disability

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