Emergency resolution to raise the rates passes at Sudbury consultation on Basic Income as Minister Helena Jaczek apologizes for inaccessible location.
Eight raise the rates campaign supporters disrupted the opening of the consultation on the Basic Income pilot in Sudbury last night.
Phil Marsh of CUPW and Raise the Rates introduced Gary Kinsman. Gary began with an acknowledgement that people were gathered on Indigenous land. Gary then challenged the Minister on the location of the meeting pointing out the space was very inaccessible for people without cars, and for poor and homeless people and especially for people with disabilities. It is on a highway and the only way you can walk to it is by running across the highway.
Kinsman’s most powerful statement was his indictment of the Liberal government’s record of inaction - an endless cycle of 'consultations' with no improvement for people living in poverty.
Cate Burns who receives ODSP read the Emergency Resolution (see here). The resolution was supported by the majority of people in the room by a show of hands. Members of Raise the Rates then drew the audience into a discussion on the need to raise the rates and a number of issues got raised including how the provincial government has shifted mandated benefits into discretionary benefits to deny people what they need.
The group left the room chanting "Raise the Rates Now!"
You can see the disruption here.
While Minister Jaczek apologized for the inaccessibility of the location for the Basic Income consultation she did not apologize for her government’s failure to raise the rates and the deep and persistent poverty people that people in Ontario who receive social assistance must endure.
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