The local Health Unit is strongly urging the Ontario government to reverse course and at least see the Basic Income Guarantee through to the end of its original three-year pilot phase.
A letter containing this message has been sent to the provincial government on behalf of the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) Board of Health, which in 2016 endorsed a position statement calling for a Basic Income Guarantee pilot program in Ontario. The position statement cited the fact that eliminating poverty is an urgent public health issue, as people on low income are more likely to have health problems and die younger than people with higher income.Read more
Minister of Labour Laurie Scott says there were “too many concerns” about the Ontario Basic Income Pilot to let it go on — but then also noted if it were successful it would have been too expensive to implement Ontario-wide.
Scott, who was responding to questions provided by the Lindsay Advocate, made the seemingly contradictory remarks in her emailed response, although she wasn’t the only one. The lead minister on this file, Lisa MacLeod, said the same thing yesterday, in an effort to stem the growing pressure to see the decision reversed.Read more
As advocates, we are fighting hard to keep the basic income program alive here in Lindsay. We are heartened by the strong support coming in, and yet we are also dismayed by comments that constantly circle around two big lies.
One is the idea that we can’t afford the pilot program.
The other is that the poor are ultimately lazy.
The truth is that not only can we afford the pilot, but we can afford a more universal plan for all Canadians as the pilot has already revealed many success stories in its infancy. Here in Ontario our GDP has only grown and this is an extremely wealthy province. It’s not really about affording something — rather it’s about the budget.Read more
The Lindsay Advocate
All over Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford promised over and over that “a new day will dawn in Ontario,” should he be elected, “for the people.”
Well, here’s his new day dawning for about 2,000 people who live in Lindsay, their lives just starting to be changed for the better by basic income — and it’s not the kind of day they were expecting.http://lindsayadvocate.ca/basic-income-gone-fords-abrupt-cancellation-of-program-devastates-lindsay/Read more
Luis and Leanna Segura of Lindsay, Ontario were struggling to pay the bills at home, while keeping their new restaurant up and running. That was until they were selected to receive payments from the province's basic income pilot project. Learn more about Ontario's basic income program through HuffPost Canada's project, 'No Strings Attached'.Read more
MIT Technology Review
Dana Bowman, 56, expresses gratitude for fresh produce at least 10 times in the hour and a half we’re having coffee on a frigid spring day in Lindsay, Ontario. Over the many years she scraped by on government disability payments, she tended to stick to frozen vegetables. She’d also save by visiting a food bank or buying marked-down items near or past their sell-by date.
But since December, Bowman has felt secure enough to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. She’s freer, she says, to “do what nanas do” for her grandchildren, like having all four of them over for turkey on Easter. Now that she can afford the transportation, she might start taking classes in social work in a nearby city. She feels happier and healthier—and, she says, so do many other people in her subsidized apartment building and around town. “I’m seeing people smiling and seeing people friendlier, saying hi more,” she says.Read more
London Free Press
Global capitalism has a serious problem. Organizations such as Oxford University and the Brookings Institute say nearly 50 per cent of today’s jobs are “at risk” of being computerized over the next 20 years.
At its 2016 annual meeting, the World Economic Forum predicted a “fourth industrial revolution” that will result in a net loss of five million jobs over the next five years in 15 countries.
Across the globe workers angrily denounce the shortage of jobs that pay enough to support decent way of life. The middle class in many advanced countries feel they are being hollowed out.
People who feel they have nothing to lose often make self-defeating political decisions. Witness Brexit in the U.K., Donald Trump in America and the ascension of Doug Ford in Ontario.
Business, in its own self-interest, is groping for ways to reform capitalism so its economic proceeds are spread more equitably. But answers that satisfy all the stakeholders are hard to find.
Leaders around the world are trying to balance the push for austerity, fighting poverty and the erosion of steady, full-time jobs.Read more
Sherry Mendowegan has accomplished a lot in the past six months. The mother-of-two bought her first vehicle and graduated with her high school diploma in March.
"Next is my college, post-secondary, and then hopefully I get some work," she told HuffPost Canada.
Going to college would have been out of reach for Mendowegan even last year. But as a participant in Ontario's basic income pilot program, she and her husband, Dan, can now afford the tuition. She starts at Thunder Bay's Confederation College in September to study office administration.Read more
The Lindsay Advocate
As of last week about 2,000 Lindsay residents will be receiving money under the Ontario Basic Income Pilot program. That’s about 10 per cent of its population.
Government spokesperson, George Mason, says that about 4,000 participants will be receiving basic income in total across the three Ontario pilot locations, with an approximate breakdown of 1,000 participants in the Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County location; 1,000 in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area; and 2,000 in Lindsay.Read more
The Lindsay Advocate
In the three cities in Ontario where basic income is being tested – which includes Lindsay – there are still about 1,200 open spots for lower income people.
If you’re working or own your own business but just not earning enough, or if you’re on Ontario Works or disability, you might be eligible.
Potential basic income recipients must live in Lindsay and have been living there for at least the past 12 months. As well, you must be:
- 18 to 64 years old (for the entire duration of the three-year study)
- living on a low income (under $34,000 per year if you’re single or under $48,000 per year if you’re a couple)