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Need a basic income guarantee? Province continues to take applicants

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Need a basic income guarantee? Province continues to take applicants

The Province is encouraging people in Lindsay 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.

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Local Poverty Reduction Roundtable wants to know ‘How’s your housing?’

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Local Poverty Reduction Roundtable wants to know ‘How’s your housing?’

The local Poverty Reduction Roundtable is asking Kawartha Lakes residents “How’s your housing?” on Nov. 22, National Housing Day.

Citizens can stop by the Coboconk Community Centre from 9:30 am to Noon, in a partnership event they are putting on with the help of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

“Housing is not an issue relegated to those who are living on the streets of Toronto or staying in the local shelter,” Marina Hodson says, co-chair of the Poverty Reduction Roundtable.

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If Ontario Works, boutique tax credits go, Schmale on board with basic income

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Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative MP Jamie Schmale has clarified his position on basic income, saying he’s all for the pilot if Ontario Works is eliminated and the boutique tax credits go.

Schmale, who was not as specific in his first interview with The Lindsay Advocate, clarified his remarks on The Advocate’s active social media presence on Facebook.

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‘Lindsay Declaration’ on progressive basic income passed by delegates

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'Lindsay Declaration' on progressive basic income passed by Ontario delegates
Ontario Basic Income Network delegates.

Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) delegates met in Lindsay recently to assert their vision of what a basic income guarantee should look like.

The Lindsay Declaration for a Progressive Basic Income passed unanimously, a statement of nine key points to guide policy makers.

OBIN chose Lindsay as the site to hold its provincial meeting this year, given Lindsay’s distinction as the pilot site that will see the most people signed up for the Ontario basic income pilot (about 2,000.) Thunder Bay and Hamilton area are the other two sites that were chosen.

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Senator Art Eggleton: Will Lindsay be the next Dauphin, Manitoba?

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One of Canada’s most well-known inequality fighters, Senator Art Eggleton, inspired members of the Ontario Basic Income Network recently who were in Lindsay for their annual general meeting.

In his opening remarks, Eggleton wondered aloud if Lindsay would become known as “the Dauphin, Manitoba of this decade.”

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Basic income panel talks about hope, human rights, and the choice we make to allow poverty

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Basic income panel talks about hope, human rights, and the choice we make to allow poverty
L to R: Andrew Wallen, KLCFDC, Tim Ellis, Bert Lauwers, Rob Rainer, Josephine Grey, Chief John Hagarty.

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. These working poor are tired of a corporatist world that demands austerity from the people and yet retention of benefits for a privileged minority – and their numbers are rightly growing.

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MP Schmale says low taxes, private-sector jobs the answer, not basic income

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MP Schmale says low taxes, private-sector jobs the answer, not basic income
'We need to bolster private sector job growth."

Roderick Benns recently interviewed Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Conservative MP Jamie Schmale on the issue of basic income and the Ontario Basic Income Pilot occurring in Lindsay this fall and for the next three years.

Benns: As the federal MP, what do you think about Lindsay being chosen as one of three sites for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot? People on Ontario Works will be given more to live on, and people who are working and yet not earning enough will be topped up. Is this a good idea in your mind? Why or why not?

Schmale: I believe it’s our responsibility to determine why Canadians are being asked to get by with less of their hard earned money. The average Canadian has 43 per cent of their income going to various levels of government through taxes.

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Health unit urges citizens to press their MP, MPP to support basic income

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Health unit urges citizens to press their MP, MPP to support basic income
Money talks when it comes to food security.

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.

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‘Have we created an industry called poverty?’: Councillor

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‘Have we created an industry called poverty?’: Councillor
City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Doug Elmslie.

The Ontario basic income pilot is a critical, “watershed event” for Lindsay, says City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Doug Elmslie.

Elmslie, who is well-known on council for his support of various anti-poverty initiatives, says he sees an opportunity with this new initiative to really make substantive changes in how we tackle poverty.

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is in town this week and has organized a free public discussion on basic income this Friday, Nov. 3 — but it won’t be at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay after all, because of the protracted strike.

Instead, it will be at Celebrations, at 35 Lindsay St. N., the former Cambridge Street United Church, from 3:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens at 3 pm.

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