‘You Need More People Like Me,’ Says Mayor Who’s Known Homelessness and Addiction

The Tyee

On Dec. 3, Dan Carter was sworn in as mayor of Oshawa, a city of about 170,000 people northeast of Toronto. He wore a grey suit and pale silver tie as he dipped his head to accept the chain of office.

It was a long way from his years of addiction and homelessness.

Carter, like many people who experience homelessness, had been through the foster care system. He was adopted at the age of two. In his teen years, he fell into addiction. An undiagnosed learning disability left him functionally illiterate. It wasn’t until his sister convinced him to enter rehab at 31 that he was able to get his life back on track, build a career in broadcasting, as a regional councillor, and now as mayor.

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Quarter of basic income recipients spent time volunteering: Survey

Roderick Benns

OBIP Chronicles — A quarter of the people who were collecting basic income chose to volunteer at least some of their time, once they felt more financially stable, according to a survey about the Ontario Basis Income Pilot.

Proponents of a basic income have long maintained that when people have a financial foundation they are more likely to give of their time to others.

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Basic income's potential in Canada worth a buck

Winnipeg Free Press

It’s no surprise that someone who had a bumpy start in life like Winnipeg-based author Evelyn Forget would be concerned with health, happiness and security.

Forget’s father died when she was 12, and she and her two younger siblings were raised by her mother, first on Mother’s Allowance and then on low-skilled and low-waged jobs.

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Photo exhibit gives voice to those affected by cancellation of Ontario basic income pilot

Global News

The basic income pilot, run in Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay, was to provide 4,000 Ontario residents with $17,000 dollars a year for three years.

The program, however, was abruptly cancelled by the provincial government back in August.

Now, one of the pilot’s Hamilton participants, Jessie Golem, has created a photo exhibit documenting the experience of those who say they are facing an uncertain future as a result of the cancellation.

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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.

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More than a third of basic income recipients went back to school: Survey

Roderick Benns

OBIP Chronicles – More than 33 per cent of respondents to a survey about the Ontario Basis Income Pilot were going back to school to further their education.

Jenna, a woman in her 40s, says her partner was able to go back to school and their son was able to participate in activities that helps with his motor disorder.

“My partner felt previous problems returning,” after the basic income pilot’s cancellation she says in the survey. “We only received a very small amount of money, comparatively, but it made a huge difference.”

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Liberals looking at national basic income as way to help Canadians cope with job instability

Global News

The Trudeau Liberals appear to be warming to the idea of a guaranteed national minimum income as they search for ways to help Canadian workers adapt to an unsteady labour market.

A guaranteed minimum income means different things to different people, but at its core is a no-strings-attached payment governments provide instead of an assortment of targeted benefits.

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