Yellowknife mayor says basic income would help people persevere through obstacles

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

The mayor of Yellowknife says it’s time to set up basic income pilot projects in Canada to build on the “encouraging” Manitoba example from the 1970s. Mayor Mark Heyck – a three-year mayor of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, who faces re-election Oct. 19 – says basic income is “well worth looking into.”

“It could provide people who have low incomes rungs to help them climb out of poverty and further their own education and their own well-being — to become stronger participants in Canadian society,” he says.

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Ajax mayor says basic income best way to conquer poverty

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site 

A Greater Toronto Area mayor says Canada has the ability to eliminate poverty if the political will is there – and his gut tells him that a basic income guarantee is the way to do it.

Ajax Mayor Steve Parish was one of many Canadian mayors who were invited to complete a national survey by Leaders and Legacies, in order to gauge municipal level support for a basic income guarantee policy. The town – known for its 7 km of protected walking trails along Lake Ontario — is a centre of 110,000, about 25 kilometres east of Toronto.

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Basic income would lead to better self-worth, better life: Thunder Bay mayor

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

Having a reliable income creates stronger self-worth and leads to a better life, says Mayor Keith Hobbs of Thunder Bay.

That’s why the mayor supports a basic income guarantee policy, to help stem the tide of poverty, addiction, and homelessness that is afflicting too many Thunder Bay residents.

Hobbs was one of many Canadian mayors who were invited to complete a national survey by Leaders and Legacies, in order to gauge municipal level support for a basic income guarantee policy.

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Quebec mayor says basic income would help young adults finish their education

By Roderick Benns 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

The mayor of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, a city of 40,000 on the south shore of Montreal, says a basic income policy would help youth who have dropped out of high school to complete their education.

Mayor Denis Lapointe, who has been a 20-year veteran of municipal politics as mayor of the city, says his municipality has a fairly significant high school dropout rate, although many young people eventually try to access school and training.

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Five Newfoundland mayors endorse basic income

By Roderick Benns

 

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

Five Newfoundland mayors representing some of the largest centres on the island have endorsed basic income policy as a means of drastically reducing poverty.

St. John’s mayor, Dennis O’Keefe, Corner Brook mayor, Charles Pender, Mount Pearl mayor, Randy Simms, Gander mayor, Claude Elliott, and Grand Falls-Windsor mayor, Al Hawkins have all agreed that “everyone in my city/community should be able to access a basic income guarantee.”

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Art Eggleton presses Trudeau to adopt basic income if Liberals win

By Roderick Benns

Publisher of Leaders and Legacies, a social purpose news site

It’s not something federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be allowed to forget, if Senator Art Eggleton has his way. Early in 2014, at a Liberal policy convention, two resolutions were made and accepted by delegates that steer the Liberal Party of Canada toward a basic income guarantee for working-age Canadians.

Eggleton says this is significant, and he has been talking it up wherever he goes.

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Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance endorses basic income guarantee policy

By Roderick Benns

The Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance has come down squarely in favour of providing a basic income guarantee for Canadians. In a statement the Alliance points out that a disproportionate number of people with mental illness live in poverty. 

“Poverty, in turn, can be a significant risk factor for poor physical and mental health. Too many people with a mental illness can and want to work but are either unable to find employment, are hindered by social assistance programs that penalize them for working, or are employed in minimum-wage work that leaves them below the poverty line,” the release points out.

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