Lindsay basic income pilot in spotlight; TVO films Agenda episode in town

Lindsay basic income pilot in spotlight; TVO films Agenda episode in town
From left to right, Mike Perry, Zita Devan, host Steve Paikin, and Roderick Benns.

Lindsay was in the spotlight yesterday when TVO’s flagship show, The Agenda, was in town filming a special basic income episode.

The crew chose the Pie Eyed Monk on Cambridge Street to tape the show, which is still under development as a craft brewery and restaurant.

The three panelists who participated were Mike Perry, executive director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, Zita Devan, founder of A Place Called Home in Lindsay, and Roderick Benns, publisher of The Lindsay Advocate and editor of Case for Basic Income.

Last year, Mike Perry was chair of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition. He and his team are largely credited with convincing the Province to bring one of three basic income pilots to Lindsay.

A basic income ensures everyone an income sufficient to meet basic needs and live with dignity, regardless of work status.

The town is playing a vital role in Ontario’s basic income pilot, with about 10 per cent of the population expected to be registered with the program. Hamilton and Thunder Bay are also part of the pilot and will have about 1,000 participants each.

To read more, visit The Lindsay Advocate here.