I received a letter last night from the director of the Basic Income Pilot, in response to my request for more information, about what I was signing up for.

She wrote, “If you decide to enroll and are facing a court order to repay consumer debt that would reduce your Basic Income payment and find that this leaves you in a worse financial situation than when you were receiving ODSP, let us know. We can help you opt out of the OBIP, and be rapidly reinstated onto ODSP.”

That sounds nice of her, does it?

She has left all 4000 of us in the province, who sign up to be in the basic income pilot, open to unlimited garnishment and seizure, and the consequences are catastrophic, according to Richard Atkinson. I know Rick as the most powerful advocate in the provincial legal clinic system, who happens to work in my home town, Thunder Bay.