Student advocates for a basic wage in Smiths Falls

Posted on: October 26, 2016

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts

The Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on Sept. 26 at town hall kicked off with a presentation by Josh Birley on guaranteed minimum income.

Birley’s presentation highlighted why the province’s proposed three-year guaranteed minimum income pilot would be of benefit to Smiths Falls.   The premise behind the program is to lift people out of poverty.  Birley argued that such a pilot would have many social and economic benefits in the community.  Some of those benefits include fewer hospital visits, a reduction in mental health issues, more teenagers completing high school, better food and a boost to the town’s economy.

Read more about this in the October issue of Hometown News.