A network of basic income advocates in Ontario has been building since 2013 - the year that today's Canadian basic income movement began to take off. The first local action group to form was the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee. In 2015 the Kingston group organized the first annual meeting of Ontario advocates and that meeting was held in Kingston in November that year. The second annual meeting was held in November 2016 in Peterborough and was organized by the Peterborough Basic Income Network. At that meeting it was agreed that a provincial network group should be more formally established. Eleven people volunteered at that time to serve on the network's provisional steering committee.
Soon after, the Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) was named as such. The provisional steering committee meets by conference call once a month and, in between, pursues a range of activity to formally establish OBIN, steadily strengthen the Ontario network, and help build awareness about basic income and build public support. We are planning for the third annual network meeting, anticipated to be held in late October or early November 2017 and possibly in Lindsay (one of three communities selected by the Ontario government to participate in the provincial basic income pilot project).
Current provisional steering committee members are:
- Roderick Benns (Vice Chair), Cambridge
- Tim Ellis (Secretary), Toronto
- Jason Hartwick, Peterborough
- Sallie Hunt, Kenora
- Volker Kromm, Thunder Bay
- Linda Lalonde, Ottawa
- Elizabeth McGuire, Hamilton
- Rob Rainer (Chair), Perth
- Robert Rattle, Sault Ste. Marie
- Elizabeth Richer, Sudbury
- John Rondina, Toronto
For more information:Rob Rainer, Chair, Provisional Steering Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org