The upcoming provincial election in June could put Doug Ford in power. If that happens, attacks on poor and working class people will escalate sharply. Defeating his aggression is possible with planning, appropriate actions, and by drawing lessons from our past.

There are obvious comparisons to be made to the Mike Harris Tory regime that held power from 1995 to 2003. When they first took power, there was a stunned demobilization that lost us time and momentum and, when the Days of Action strikes and mass protests got underway, as impressive as they were, there were serious limitations in how they were conducted.

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Advocates are calling on the provincial and federal governments to provide a basic personal income — something they say could be a major step toward eradicating poverty.

Basic Income Guarantee Nova Scotia (BIG-NS) made its case at Province House Wednesday, hosted by NDP MLA Lisa Roberts. The group asked government to study the feasibility of paying a guaranteed basic income to anyone living below the poverty line.

One member of BIG-NS said that even though basic income programs can be costly, they could be paid for with existing government funds by simply reallocating the budget.

The province will reimburse thousands of people up to $700 each after an ombudsperson investigation found that the government miscalculated their income assistance payments.

In a report released Tuesday, the B.C. Ombudsperson said that the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction had incorrectly denied earnings exemptions to more than 500 people a year since 2012.

Chronic low income among so-called “family-class” immigrants is a concern that needs to be addressed not just for humanitarian reasons, but also to help sustain the Canadian economy, a new report from the Conference Board of Canada suggests.

As the country becomes more dependent on newcomers to fill labour needs, Canada should be looking to improve the labour market barriers and quality of life for newcomers, says the report released Tuesday.

The Government of British Columbia, BC Housing and the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation intend to seek an injunction to ensure construction of temporary modular housing can begin for people who are homeless in Maple Ridge.

A group of protesters who oppose the project has set up a camp at 22534, 22548 and 22566 Royal Cres., a Crown-owned property scheduled for construction of temporary supportive housing for people currently living at the Anita Place homeless camp, and other Maple Ridge residents who are experiencing homelessness.

The injunction application comes after protesters ignored trespass notices and remained on site.

Tens of thousands of Indigenous children are in government care across Canada today, taken from their parents.

We don’t know the exact number, because each province and territory collects their own data and there is no national database.

But based on available data, Indigenous children are anywhere from five to 12 times more likely to end up in care than non-Indigenous children.

Why? Mainly because their families are living in poverty.

Leslie Arlene Henderson has lost multiple teeth. She can’t remember the last time she had major dental work. And for the last year, she’s been in dire need of a root canal.

But with only $1,000 in monthly income, the 62-year-old Parkdale resident is too strapped for cash to pay for anything beyond a basic dental check-up.

“I had to have some dental work done, but I can’t get it done because it’s too expensive,” she said.

Henderson is one of many low-income seniors across Toronto who are struggling to get dental services, and according to the city’s latest seniors strategy report, the current wait for services provided by Toronto Public Health (TPH) clinics is up to two years.

Expanding access to free dental health services through TPH is one of 27 recommendations in the new report heading to the city’s executive committee on Monday.

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Universal basic income is a type of welfare program in which all citizens of a country or state are given regular and unconditional payments by the government.

The premise is that handing out unconditional money to all citizens, employed or not, would help reduce poverty and inequality, and increase motivation and happiness.

The idea of a guaranteed income is not new. It goes as far back as 1797, when political theorist Thomas Paine pitched the idea that governments pay everyone a standard £15 a year.