Finding a solution to Moncton’s homeless situation was top of mind at a forum held Tuesday night to discuss the issue.

Many in attendance wanted to know what was going to happen to those depending on emergency shelters that were opened this winter in Moncton and Fredericton to help get people off the streets.

“On April 1st, a lot of people are going to be sleeping out on the street,” said panelist Humanity Project founder Charles Burrell.

City crews cleared out a homeless encampment on Wednesday under the Gardiner Expressway downtown following a fire in a tent in the area on the weekend.

“We cleared that camp today because our chief concern was that another fire could result in injury or death,” says Brad Ross, the city of Toronto’s chief communications officer.

The encampment was in the area of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Lower Simcoe Street. Crews, along with heavy equipment, went in on Wednesday morning.

Fredericton’s out-of-the-cold shelter is still set to close at the end of the month even as city officials are seeking a long-term fix.

City council sent the province a rather urgent letter last month asking for a “coherent plan” for the shelter as of April 1, and for the fall.

Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien said he hasn’t heard back from the provincial government and there are just a couple of weeks left until the temporary overnight shelter at 791 Brunswick St. is set to shut its doors.

An expert on the subject of the basic income guarantee, a proposed social program that would see all adults receive a regular payment from government, will be delivering two lectures in P.E.I. this week.

Evelyn Forget, an economist at the University of Manitoba, has conducted research on basic income guarantee programs in Canada and around the world. She is also the author of a new book, “Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, more Secure Life for All”.

“I think we’ve been moving towards a basic income in Canada for a number of years. It’s easy, for example, to see the (federal) Canada Child Benefit that was just introduced a couple of years ago as a form of basic income for families with kids under 18,” Forget said in an interview.

A couple of weeks back, when StatsCan reported that Nova Scotia is the only province where child poverty increased after the Canada Child Benefit took effect, provincial officials were gobsmacked.

There would have to be discussions with the national numbers cruncher to ascertain deeper meaning from the data but, lest anyone think the provincial government is not hard on the case, Nova Scotians were told that this is Year 2 of a four-year “poverty reduction blueprint.”

The blueprint comes with a $20-million price tag and is supposed to get at the root causes of poverty. Hint: At the root are people who don’t have enough money to live on, and the cause is a lack of will — social and political — to end poverty.