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Community forum set for Nov. 20

This is Dr. Heather Morrison.
This is Dr. Heather Morrison. - Contributed

The P.E.I. Working Group for a Livable Income, in partnership with the Public Health Association of New Brunswick and P.E.I., is hosting a community forum to celebrate International Children’s Day.

The event is entitled Children’s Health in P.E.I.: What does it have to do with income? It will take place on Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., at Trinity United Church Hall, 220 Richmond St., Charlottetown.

The keynote speaker for the forum is Dr. Heather Morrison, chief health officer for Prince Edward Island. She will discuss her P.E.I. government-commissioned research, Children’s Report 2017: Investing in our Future. This report is especially concerned about the data relating to the health of P.E.I. children and about the impact of current child health on the future well-being of Island populations. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with Morrison about details of the research and about the relationship of family income to health outcomes for children.

The second half of the evening, table discussions, will be directed by members of the P.E.I. Working Group for a Livable Income asking the question, Where to go from here? The group makes it clear that while being concerned about immediately improving the situation of people affected by low income, they see the long-term solution to be Basic Income Guarantee (BIG).

This program is based on the right of all people to be able to satisfy their basic needs. Evidence from many sources indicates that the level of income determines the health of people. The P.E.I. Working Group for a Livable Income, a coalition of 11 community-based organizations, was formed 15 years ago. From its beginning the coalition promoted guaranteed income.

All are welcome to participate in the community forum to share knowledge of health issues facing Island children and to consider how Basic Income Guarantee might offer a solution to family poverty.

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