Elaine Power (Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income)
to Speak on May 12
We are pleased to announce that Elaine Power, of Queen’s University and a founding member of Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income, will speak at the Annual Campaign Meeting of the Put Food in the Budget campaign on May 12 in Toronto at Friend’s House 60 Lowther Ave. Writing in the Kingston Whig Elaine said
“In Kingston, a group of local citizens, including this writer, has joined with the Basic Income Canada Network to build support for BIG. An effective basic income guarantee would enable all Canadians to meet basic needs and to live with dignity. It would solve the problem of hunger by ending its underlying cause, poverty. It would address the income insecurity that is affecting more and more Canadians as full-time, permanent jobs are becoming increasingly difficult to find. It would unleash our creativity and entrepreneurial spirits. And it would reward the countless hours of unpaid and volunteer work that so many of us do”.
Elaine Power will join John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty in speaking about the promise, perils and politics of Basic Income.
70 people have already registered for the Annual Campaign Meeting and we are making plans to accommodate 100 people so if you have not yet registered –please do it now here.
On May 12 we will also be releasing ‘Food Banks Are Not Enough’ a survey of more than 500 people associated with food banks. (download a copy here and you can endorse our statement here).
The Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) recently sent the Put Food in the Budget campaign a letter of support (see here) stating
“OSNPPH commends Put Food in the Budget on its important work. Like the Put Food in the Budget campaign, OSNPPH believes that food charity does not address the root cause of food insecurity, which is poverty, and that an income response is required to effectively address food insecurity. The responses identified in the Food Banks Are Not Enough! report about raising social assistance rates, raising the minimum wage, and creating affordable housing, are consistent with recommendations OSNPPH has developed for members to use in their local advocacy using Nutritious Food Basket costing data, calculated annually by public health dietitians”.
OSNPPH is the independent and official voice of Registered Dietitians working in Ontario’s public health system. You can read the position statement of the OSNPPH here.