Last year, Trump and his allies in Congress devoted most of their efforts to coddling the rich; this was obviously true of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but even the assault on Obamacare was largely about securing hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the wealthy. This year, however, the G.O.P.’s main priority seems to be making war on the poor.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services says it has successfully completed the enrolment phase of Ontario’s basic income pilot project.

In a news release Tuesday, the ministry said it had enrolled over 4,000 people in the pilot in three locations across the province including Thunder Bay and area, Hamilton/Brantford and Brant County, and Lindsay.

Single persons will receive up to $17,000 a year, less 50 per cent of any earned income. Couples will receive up to $24,000 a year, less 50 per cent of any earned income.

An additional 2,000 individuals will participate in a comparison group, and will not receive any monthly basic income payments but will take part in the research study.

Ontario is providing more than 4,000 people with a basic income, successfully completing the enrollment phase of the three-year pilot.

Ontario launched the pilot one year ago today, becoming a leader in real-world testing of whether a basic income can help people living on low incomes. With enrollment complete, the pilot will now look at how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects while providing greater security for people living on low incomes and their families.

The Finnish government has decided not to expand a limited trial in paying people a basic income, which has drawn much international interest.

Currently 2,000 unemployed Finns are receiving a flat monthly payment of €560 (£490; $685) as basic income.

“The eagerness of the government is evaporating. They rejected extra funding [for it],” said Olli Kangas, one of the experiment’s designers.

New Westminster was quick to jump on the provincial government’s plan to create more housing in British Columbia.

The province is providing about $6.5 million to build 41 new modular homes for women who are experiencing homelessness. The project, which will be located on a city-owned property on Ewen Avenue in Queensborough, will also provide tenants with 24-7 support services, including meal programs, life-skills training and health and wellness supports to help them overcome challenges to maintaining their housing.

The Star’s democracy reporter Sabrina Nanji trained an instructive spotlight this week on a major – possibly pivotal – challenge facing the Liberal and NDP campaigns in the June 7 election in Ontario.

In studying the unlikely coalition that makes up so-called Ford Nation, Nanji encountered a Windsor resident, a single mother on social assistance, who was having trouble finding work and who had two children under 12, both with learning disabilities.

The woman’s answer to her plight?

She plans to vote for the team of Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford.

We’ve all passed them — the houses with the paint peeling, cracks in the foundation, window sills rotting, the whole decrepit pile screaming the word ‘broken.’

And we are condemning of the occupants. We dismiss them contemptuously as poor—a crime in the society of the over-privileged—or as scroungers with their heads too far into the beer bottle to care about themselves, much less their premises. We never realize the occupants of the place, sometimes old-age pensioners, can do no better and government indifference is not the only reason. Sometimes the scroungers on that fixed-income are either housing or supporting an adult child, subsidizing or paying their bills, including the rent on an apartment.