If more people had jobs, or a decent income, it would support the infrastructure, give people dignity, and help the economy.
This began with Smiths Falls Council turning down an opportunity to participate in a pilot project to target those living below the Low-Income Measure (LIM). Our Ontario Today radio hosted a call-in, and you know how those go!
NOON Would you want government to guarantee a set income? Smiths Falls residents fight over pilot https://t.co/HVFWYNAyIF— Ontario Today (@CBCOntarioToday) January 12, 2017
Protesters made a stand in support of the basic income pilot at Smiths Falls town council https://t.co/z9yJoWTzbG pic.twitter.com/bJTXvG0Xn3— Inside OttawaValley (@InOttValley) January 10, 2017
A lot of my clients have been in Smiths Falls. The town hosts over 250 rent geared-to-income apartments. It is a tough place to find work, with the many factories that have closed up shop over the years and moved to Mexico. Smiths Falls lost 1700 jobs in a short period of time, in the 2008 recession. They've lost the Hershey plant (2008), Stanley Mechanics in 2009, etc.Presentation to Smiths Falls Council on Basic Income Pilot project todayhttps://t.co/u98VZQBWep— Lake 88 (@lake88fm) January 9, 2017
What ticked me off was the woman who was on this phone-in complaining about 'these people'. They are us. They are our neighbours, one pay check away from homelessness.
One of the councillors, Dawn Quinn - who looks to be at least my age, is against this program.
Quinn spoke from the heart about her experience as a single mother who worked to put herself through hair school and again spoke of the important role education would play in fixing a broken system where people fall through the cracks, like a man on ODSP Quinn said she visits every Christmas. The man she visits lives in a shack with a sunk in, leaking roof.I would caution her that this was a long time ago. Things change. Society and economics are different. My kids are in their 30s, and we cannot look back. When we know more we do better. This is a good study, to examine the impact of raising the income of those who most need it.
People living below the low-income measure (LIM), collectively, are on ODSP, the working poor, the homeless, are disabled, mentally ill, stay-at-home single parents; shouldn't be spoken of collectively. There are many stories, and many situations.
What do you think?
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