Canada tests ‘basic income’ effect on poverty amid lost jobs

Spartan Echo

In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, former security guard Tim Button poses for a portrait at the bus stop to take a local ride, a recent luxury he at one time could not afford in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Button says he has been unable to work because of a fall from a roof and the financial boost from the province’s basic income program has enabled him to make plans to visit distant family for Christmas for the first time in years. (AP Photo/Rob Gillies)

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Former security guard Tim Button considers how a sudden increase in his income from an unusual social experiment has changed his life in this Canadian industrial city along the shore of Lake Ontario.

Sipping coffee in a Tim Horton’s doughnut shop, Button says he has been unable to work because of a fall from a roof, and the financial boost from Ontario…

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