Unifor Hall was packed with members of the community during Operation Sharing’s Oxford County Poverty Town Hall meeting.

The night featured a presentation about food insecurity from keynote speaker Dr. Lynn McIntyre from the University of Calgary.

A panel of experts also answered numerous questions and discussed hot topics surrounding poverty; including jobs, housing, transportation and the introduction of basic income. A big focal point of the night was the need to speak with your local dignitaries about your concerns so they can put your thoughts into action.

McIntyre believes that change is in the power of the municipality: “It was actually remarkable how many ideas came that were within the purview of the municipality. From housing, to planning, to stimulation of revenues, to dealing with vacant buildings, to dealing with businesses. I found that was actually a very positive way of starting. That’s the way that Oxford County actually leverages itself up, by already showing that it’s coming to do this job.”