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Get to know: West Kootenay EcoSociety

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities. Earlier this year, Jessie Golem spoke with Josh Drodza to talk about the Green Resilience Project community conversations they have been conducting in the West Kootenay region.

Get to know: Joli Scheidler

One of the vocal supporters and advocates for those on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot is Joli Scheidler. She is based in Lindsay, ON and is hosting several Green Resilience Project community conversations in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Brock Township. Joli is a PhD Candidate at York University in Health Policy and Equity, Sessional Instructor for Ontario Tech University and the Research Project Manager for SSHRC funded research focused on Basic Income involving four university partners. Joli’s research for Basic Income Canada Network was used in the report Signposts to Success that analyzed early results of the Ontario Basic Income pilot.

Explainer: What is a basic income?

Basic income has a long history in Canada. From a basic income pilot that took place in rural Manitoba in the 1970s to a recent and prematurely cancelled pilot that took place in Ontario in 2017-18, basic income has grown from a trendy economic idea to one that is currently being discussed and debated at the highest levels of government. So what is it?