Advocates of a national basic income plan are calling on the provincial and federal governments to adopt a Canadian basic income guarantee program and say the “evidence speaks” for itself.

Basic Income Nova Scotia is hosting a mini-conference Saturday at the Halifax Central Library from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will bring experts from a range of backgrounds, from health and economics to those who live in poverty, in order to make the case for a universal basic income program and show how it can be implemented in Nova Scotia.

“We have to address poverty differently,” said Basic Income Nova Scotia Chair and Dalhousie professor Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird.

Children with insecurities about access to food show signs of low self-esteem and are less likely to make healthy choices for themselves, according to new Canadian research.

Noreen Willows, the study’s co-author and associate professor of community nutrition at the University of Alberta, said food insecurity affects roughly 12 per cent of Canadian households.

“But even more disheartening is that if a household has children in it, they’re even more likely to be food insecure,” Willows said.

French yellow vest protesters set fires along a march route through Paris on Saturday to drive home a message to a government they see as out of touch with the problems of the poor — rebuilding the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral isn’t the only problem France needs to solve.

Like the high-visibility vests the protesters wear, the scattered small fires in Paris appeared to be a collective plea to the government to “look at me — I need help too!”

Police fired water cannon and sprayed tear gas to try to control radical elements on the margins of the largely peaceful march, one of several actions around Paris and other French cities.

A number of clients from the City of Moncton’s emergency homeless shelter on Assomption Boulevard – the old fire hall – chose to set up tents and were living behind the building.

The temporary shelter closed on April 1.

Some clients decided not to stay at either one of the two permanent shelters in Moncton, Harvest House or House of Nazareth.

The City of Moncton posted a notice indicating it wanted to do its annual spring cleanup along the Riverfront Trail and asked those living in tents to gather up their belongings on Thursday afternoon.

“This is a budget that is geared to hurt the most vulnerable,” said official opposition member Algoma-Manitoulin NDP MPP Mike Mantha. “This budget is about booze and rebranding. A budget is supposed to reflect the values and priorities of the government. This budget is very cruel to Ontarians and there is nothing in it for Northern Ontario.” He noted that the budget mentions “booze over 40 times, but not one mention of poverty.”

On Saturday, April 27, the Third Annual Basic Income Nova Scotia Miniconference will take place from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Paul O’Regan Hall in the Halifax Central Library. The event will address issues around a Basic Income Guarantee as a strategy to end poverty and boost the economy. The focus will be on evaluating the evidence for a Basic Income with the intent of future implementation in Nova Scotia.

The miniconference is free and open to the public. In the spirit of anti-poverty work, there will be free coffee and tea throughout the day, as well as a free snack and lunch

In 1995, Chicago suffered a violent heat wave that resulted in the deaths of over 700 citizens. Many were seniors, African American and living in public housing. Reports out that many of the seniors who died were isolated from their family and community and that others felt imprisoned in their home, fearful of venturing out into their neighbourhood, shocked North America.

In 2003, eight years after the Chicago catastrophe, countries in western Europe experienced a heat wave that resulted in 27,000 dead: 15,000 deaths in France, between 4,000 and 8,000 in Italy, 1,300 in Portugal, and 2,000 in Britain. Many were seniors. Many were poor.

In both situations, political leadership initially denied the extent of the problem and minimized the risk to vulnerable populations…