Kawartha Lakes This Week
Eligible Lindsay residents who need a hand up are a step closer to a better quality of life as the Province’s Basic Income Guarantee program continues to move closer to becoming a reality.
Last January, a public consultation (one of many held around Ontario) was hosted in Lindsay and attended by a provincial poverty reduction strategy analyst. The aim of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) program, which will be a three-year test pilot, is to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers and improve health and education for people on low incomes.Read more
Near Lock 33 in Lindsay, there is a constant buzz of activity in the summer.
This town of 20,000 is part of the 386-km long Trent Severn Waterway, a system of 44 locks and 39 swing bridges.
Children fish from the banks of the Scugog River as it snakes its way through town. Visitors stroll along the wooden boardwalk, snapping up pictures of the town’s old mill.
The locks, old mill, and river parks are the natural heart of Lindsay, all just mere steps away from its healthy downtown core. Here, one of the widest main streets in Ontario bustles with people and patios. It’s a downtown where people still actually shop, free from the retail clout of Wal-Mart, though developers continue to try and change that.Read more
The executive director of Lindsay’s John Howard Society, Laura Maw, says she expects the basic income pilot project “will have a positive effect on the community.”
Lindsay is one of three centres in Ontario that will test the Province’s new basic income guarantee pilot this year. A basic income ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status.
The John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, based in Lindsay, offers programs that aim to “prevent repeat offences among individuals who have been in conflict with the law, and prevent delinquent behavior among youth who may be at risk of offending,” according to their website. Maw emphasizes the Society also has many programs that are not “justice-based” at all, such as transitional housing, literacy and basic skills, and various youth programs.Read more
The mayor of the City of Kawartha Lakes – of which Lindsay is the largest urban centre – is giving kudos to the Province for testing a basic income here.
“I think it’s great,” says Mayor Andy Letham. “This community will certainly benefit.”
Yesterday in Hamilton, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Hamilton/Brantford, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay are the selected communities for the Province’s basic income guarantee project. The three-year study will test how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects for those living on low incomes, while providing greater security for them and their families.Read more
Saying there are “new forces at play” in the economy, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Hamilton/Brantford, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay are the selected communities for the Province’s basic income guarantee project.
Wynne announced details of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot today in Hamilton. The three-year study will test how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects for those living on low incomes, while providing greater security for them and their families.
In her lead-up remarks to the announcement, the premier said although Ontario’s economy is showing many signs of improvement, there are also many people in the province who are not feeling that growth in their everyday lives and feel pessimistic about their life direction.Read more