New Dundee meeting on Basic Income will be first rural outreach for Waterloo BI group

By Roderick Benns 

The Basic Income Waterloo Region group in Ontario will be taking their message about basic income to a smaller centre tomorrow night – the village of New Dundee. 

The coordinator of the local network, John Green, says they are “happy to be invited to talk about basic income with a more rural audience.” 

“It will be a first for us. It will be interesting to hear whether they respond differently from urban audiences we have spoken with,” says Green.

As well, this particular meeting on Oct. 19th will be held at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

“We are also looking forward to speaking to a faith community,” says Green, where he hopes they will “resonate with our message about how we as Canadians take care of each other, especially the most vulnerable among us.”

Waterloo Region is the largest municipality in Canada’s largest province to support the movement toward establishing a Basic Income Guarantee in Canada. The Region supported a motion on basic income which originated with Kingston City Council and was sent to all municipalities across Ontario. The motion called for a national discussion on the issue, urging the provinces and federal government to work together to “consider, investigate, and develop a Basic Income Guarantee for all Canadians.”

Momentum continues to build for this new shift in social policy, which would ultimately usher in the end of the welfare system and the beginning of a guaranteed income from the government that would keep people above the poverty line.

The meeting on Oct. 19 will be held at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1177 Queen Street, New Dundee, at 7 pm.