Officials from the Timiskaming Health Unit say they “strongly support a federal basic income guarantee (BIG) as an effective and long-term measure to address poverty and food insecurity, issues that severely impact our population health.
Laura Dias, Public Health Dietitian with the THU states that back in early June the Board of Health Board of Health decided to “endorse the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) call for the federal government to take swift and immediate action on the evolution of the CERB Benefit into legislation for a basic income”.
She added that while this support comes in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandmeic, the local health unit has long advocated for a basic income guarantee.Read more
In the fight against food insecurity the local health unit says boosting income is the only real solution to helping people gain access to healthy food.
To raise awareness of food insecurity, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is launching a new campaign called Rethink Poverty: Change Minds, Change Lives – and they’re urging citizens to press their MP and MPP for a basic income policy.
The Progressive Conservative MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Laurie Scott, previously told The Lindsay Advocate she is “glad Lindsay was chosen” and that she welcomes the basic income pilot.Read more
By Jenna Van Draanen
A local health unit in Ontario, Canada — the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit — has recently endorsed the concept of a basic income guarantee, joining the ranks of many local health units in Ontario who have done the same, such as the Simcoe Muskoka and Sudbury District Health Units.
The health units agree that a guaranteed minimum income could give families living in poverty the ability to meet their basic needs.Read more