Maybe basic income is just a distraction
RE: Basic income pilot project
One would like to applaud the Ontario government for providing $50 million annually to fund a Basic Income Pilot Project, as it will greatly improve the lives of the 4,000 households selected to take part in the experiment. My enthusiasm is dampened, however, from realizing that this initiative does almost nothing to help the people in the province who live in the deepest poverty — the many thousands of people dependent on social assistance (Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program). A single person on OW currently receives $681 per month. Just imagine trying to live on $681 per month, especially in a city like Hamilton or Toronto!
Unless the government increases social assistance rates by a meaningful amount, it’s hard not to see the basic income project as simply a deliberate distraction, intended to divert our attention away from the people who need help the most. David Goodings, Burlington