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City to encourage conversation about basic income  

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The Ontario Basic Income Pilot was cut short when Premier Doug Ford's Conservatives were elected in 2018. Photo: Roderick Benns.

In a contested and close vote, Kawartha Lakes council approved a motion by Councillor Doug Elmslie to send letters to Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock member of parliament, Jamie Schmale, and federal finance minister Chrystia Freeland to encourage a meaningful discussion between Ottawa and the provinces on the issue of a universal basic income.

Universal basic income, or basic income for short, ensures everyone has sufficient income to meet basic needs and live with dignity. Basic income, in Canada, would look similar to the Canada Child Benefit. That is, as wages increase the benefit declines, but it declines progressively – not dollar for dollar.

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Lindsay woman finds her mental health improving with basic income

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Basic income has had 'tremendous impact' on Lindsay woman's life. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

A Lindsay woman who has been receiving a basic income for the past three months says her life has taken a turn for the better – including her mental health.

Barb Munro was on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for depression and mental illness, before deciding to apply for basic income a few months ago under the new pilot set up by the Province.

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Need money? Still time to apply as Ontario Basic Income Pilot picks up steam

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The new and innovative social program that Ontario is testing in Lindsay and two other Ontario centres – a ‘basic income guarantee’ — is surging in participant numbers.

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Soup kitchen and Sunday supper: St. Andrew’s Church works to build community

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Soup kitchen and Sunday supper: St. Andrew's Church works to build community
One of three Sunday supper teams from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

For 16 years Reverend Linda Park has ministered at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, and she vividly remembers the vandalism and break and enters in the early days. They happened at the downtown church all too often.

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Free public discussion on basic income at Fleming College

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Free public discussion on basic income at Fleming College

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is hosting a free public discussion on basic income in early November at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay.

The Nov. 3 event is a chance to explore how basic income might benefit the town, according to Chair of OBIN’s provisional steering committee, Rob Rainer.

“The public event is an opportunity to explore the various ways basic income could really help the people of Lindsay,” he says.

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First sign-ups for basic income in Lindsay on Oct. 12-13

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike
Up to $16,989 per year for a single person.

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. Jaczek spoke with staff and individuals there, about how they could benefit from the pilot. A Place Called Home is one of the community organizations that is supporting the Ontario Basic Income Pilot.

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Lindsay ‘working poor’ take note: Most basic income sign-ups are employed people

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The 'working poor' are embracing basic income.

About two thirds of basic income sign-ups so far have come from the so-called ‘working poor,’ a fact Lindsay residents who are struggling should take note of as it begins to unfold here.

Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek, and her counterpart, Peter Milczyn, the minister responsible for the poverty reduction strategy and minister of housing, held a press conference in Hamilton earlier this morning to update the public on the basic income pilot.

The basic income pilot is being held in Hamilton/Brant County and Thunder Bay, which began during the summer, and in Lindsay, which will begin this fall.

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TV crew in Lindsay to film episode of The Agenda on basic income

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TV crew in Lindsay to film episode of The Agenda on basic income
TVO special on basic income in Lindsay.

Lindsay was in the spotlight yesterday when TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, was in town filming a special basic income episode.

The crew chose the Pie Eyed Monk on Cambridge Street to tape the show, which is still under development as a craft brewery and restaurant.

The three panelists who participated were Mike Perry, executive director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, Zita Devan, founder of A Place Called Home in Lindsay, and Roderick Benns, publisher of The Lindsay Advocate.

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Hope says Lindsay residents will ‘rise up and contribute’ with basic income

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Hope says Lindsay residents will ‘rise up and contribute’ with basic income

The leader of Trillium Lakelands District School Board has positioned himself squarely in favour of Lindsay’s basic income pilot, saying there are “so many possibilities” for it to do community good.

Director of Education Larry Hope says his “personal belief is that we have to look at the big picture for our citizens and for society,” he says, referencing the basic income pilot that begins this fall in Lindsay.

“If we can step back and take a look at this, we cannot deny that this will be good for our community,” Hope tells The Lindsay Advocate.

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