More than a thousand Hamiltonians who were part of the Basic Income Pilot Project will stop receiving cheques at the end of the month. The project was cancelled shortly after the Ford government was elected.

A new survey was published Monday outlining the effects the pilot project had on residents.”Seventy-five per cent felt they were eating healthier and didn’t need to use the food bank anymore,” saidTom Cooper, Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

The question Nova Scotians must ask as the finance minister tables the next budget is: who really benefits from competitive taxation?

Child welfare is on the brink, as are several other public services including health care, education and long-term care. Yet on Feb. 6, Premier Stephen McNeil once again addressed the state of the province in front of a group of wealthy business owners and bankers at a ticketed event that cost $85-$115 a plate. The event promised attendees an opportunity to hear from the premier on topics such as “balanced” budgets and “competitive” personal and corporate taxation.

Like most people living with a disability, I receive $1,150 a month from ODSP. Although that includes a housing allowance ($457), income support for food and clothing, etc. ($547) and a TTC pass ($146), it doesn’t quite add up to the $1,200 rent I now pay for 300-square-foot underground in South Parkdale.

For those not acquainted with the neighbourhood, this is decidedly not the hip enclave now insufferably referred to in some circles as Vegandale. Is it hyperbole to suggest that this allotment is insane?

I don’t know how things look in Windsor, Moosonee or Wawa (probably not great) but the average market price for a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto is now $2,260.