Hamilton couple with newborn prepares for wind-down of basic income

On the May day they learned they had been accepted into the province’s basic income pilot project, the Hamilton couple cried.

“I just felt like after so long of everything just constantly going wrong and having the worst kind of luck that we finally had something go right,” said Dan Weiss.

He and partner Justine Taylor were “desperate” after both lost “what little work” they had, getting behind on bills and rent and, to top it all off, finding out they were expecting a baby — a little brother for nine-year-old Julia.

“We just needed something solid to stand on,” he said.

The pair hoped the monthly guaranteed income would give them a chance for opportunity — to move out of a bad living situation, go back to school and start their own businesses — but also to catch up on bills and allow Julia to go on school trips.

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