Julia Taylor is the proud new owner of Country Cupboard in Fenelon Falls, a health and bulk food store that has been a community staple for 35 years in the village.
Her belief is that it couldn’t have happened without a kind of ‘basic income’ that she counted on back in 2012 when her first child was born – the Canada Child Benefit.Read more
The Lindsay Advocate
While a Lindsay’s woman’s life is being changed for the better with basic income, she wishes the Province would also assign case workers for those who are used to having a human face in their corner.
Jennifer Brooke, a young woman who previously received income from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), made the jump to Lindsay’s basic income pilot last October, getting her first cheque on Nov. 25 – and it’s really making a positive impact in her life.
She went from receiving about $1,150 a month on ODSP to $1,925 a month on basic income.Read more
Jasmine Bellwood is a young Lindsay mother with a part-time job and full-time worries. Her worries are mainly about providing for her 15-month-old son.
She’s also anxious about doing this brief interview but then relents when The Lindsay Advocate offers to change her name.
Bellwood (not her real name) is about to go inside Celebrations in Lindsay to apply for basic income, one of the first open enrollment sessions the Province is holding, while her boyfriend, the boy’s father, takes care of their son.Read more
Basic income open enrollment sessions begin this week here in Lindsay, as well in Hamilton and Thunder Bay. If you haven’t registered and you think you might be ‘working poor’ or on Ontario Works, you should check out the simplified process.
The basic income pilot is an incredible opportunity. It not only has the capacity to change individual lives, but to create community-level change, too, especially in Lindsay where half the pilot participants live.Read more
Judy Paul, The Lindsay Advocate
When I asked Jake about his school experiences, he replied that he had attended more than 10 different elementary and high schools.
Jake was in his early twenties. He told me his family moved a lot when he was growing up. I didn’t ask why, but based on what I’d heard from others it was likely for work opportunities, better or more affordable housing, or as a result of family break-up.
Jake was sitting across from me because he had not completed his Grade 12 diploma. He was on social assistance and his caseworker suggested that he consider returning to school. The first step was an educational skills assessment with me to determine his literacy levels and the most appropriate upgrading program.
Before administering the assessment, I spent a few minutes learning about each individual. Jake’s history was not unusual in that many of the people I saw moved frequently, but I found his story distressing. How difficult it must have been to experience so much disruption. Adolescence can be hard enough without the added strain of dealing with new teachers, catching up on course material and trying to fit in.
Would a basic income have helped Jake’s family? Would it have reduced the number of moves and allowed Jake to have enough stability and continuity to complete his schooling? It is difficult to say. There are many reasons why a young person quits high school; bullying, perceiving their courses as irrelevant, hanging out with the “wrong crowd” and skipping classes, or struggles with learning disabilities and failure.Read more
The Province is encouraging people who may be in need of a basic income guarantee for the next three years to call or email so they can enroll.
Kristen Tedesco, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, says throughout October the government has been holding “in-person enrollment sessions in Lindsay.”
This has been mainly for people who had identified an interest when the Province had a booth set up at the Lindsay Exhibition in late September. The Ontario Basic Income Pilot officially launched in Lindsay earlier in October.
While a panel discussion about basic income was happening in Lindsay last Friday, there was a three-hour line-up to sign up for basic income at the Lindsay Public Library – a line that spilled out onto the street.
The parallel events show there is great community support for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, certainly from an growing number of ‘average citizens’ who are increasingly made up of the so-called working poor.Read more
Enrollment in Ontario’s basic income pilot gets underway in Lindsay next week.
In-person enrollment sessions will begin Oct. 12-13 where people can complete applications to be part of the pilot.
Minister of Community and Social Services, Dr. Helena Jaczek, was in Lindsay this week touring and visited A Place Called Home, a 19-bed hostel for homeless single adults, couples and families with children.Read more
As the town of Lindsay prepares for its basic income pilot to begin this fall, its police chief is already on board.
City of Kawartha Lakes Police Chief, John Hagarty, says he’s pleased the town has been chosen as one of three centres in Ontario for the pilot. He’s especially happy that about a full 10 percent of the community could be participants in the program.
Out of the 4,000 participants, who will be invited to participate, 1,000 will be from the Hamilton/Brantford area and another 1,000 will be from Thunder Bay.Read more
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