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Webinar To Highlight Stories Of Local Residents Who Took Part In Basic Income Pilot Project

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Basic Income Canada Youth Network (BICYN) and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction are hosting a free virtual webinar on November 17 at 7 p.m. (est) commemorating the end of #BasicIncomeBoughtMe, a social media campaign raising awareness about how Ontario Basic Income Pilot participants spent their basic income.

“The #BasicIncomeBoughtMe was a project aimed at raising awareness about basic income as a feasible, progressive policy option,” says BICYN co-chair Chloe Halpenny. “In amplifying the stories of those with lived experience, the campaign emphasizes the power of choice that comes with financial security, while challenging harmful stereotypes about poverty, social assistance, and basic income. We are so excited to celebrate the success of this campaign.”

4,000 people in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay tested whether a basic income could help stabilize housing, improve wellbeing and provide employment opportunities. The pilot was prematurely cancelled after the current provincial government was elected.

Some people questioned what the money was used for. It’s a question that advocates say they heard a lot. Sometimes it came from a place of skepticism or stereotypes, but also genuine curiosity.  So they set out to Understand what people purchase when they have access to reliable income – and the effects these purchases have on their lives.

Some said for the first time they were able to have a fridge full of food, hospital parking passes, others said they were able to take their kids to a movie, as a family.

Tune in to the webinar to hear from special guests, win prizes, and catch the Canadian premiere of “A Human Picture” – a short documentary about four participants in the prematurely-cancelled Ontario Basic Income Pilot. Speakers include Senator Kim Pate, MP Leah Gazan, director and producer Simon Brothers, and former participants in the Ontario Basic Income Pilot Jodi Dean, Luis Segura, and Joshua Hewitt.

Register for the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yWmDvdpaS0GxzS693hH3xw

The Basic Income Canada Youth Network (BICYN) is a non-partisan network of young people (under 35) who volunteer their time and expertise to mobilize young people to advocate for and celebrate the benefits of basic income through education, community-building, and activism.  Founded in 2005, The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction works locally, provincially and nationally on policy and systems-level change to achieve long-term solutions to poverty. The Roundtable is formed by volunteers from across Hamilton and includes leaders from the business and non-profit sectors, from government, education and faith communities as well as individuals who experience poverty daily.


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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