Ottawa councillor speaks up for basic income


Alta Vista City Councillor Marty Carr believes dealing with food insecurity in Ottawa is a problem that needs to be tackled by all levels of government, not least of which the municipality.

For the newly elected Carr, the pandemic and inflations have intensified issues of food security and brought to the fore the fragility of our food systems.

“You’ve really seen an increase in terms of people needing to acces food,” said Carr on The Sam Laprade Show. “We also saw threats to our supply chain that really show how precarious our supply chain really is. I really think it’s time to start looking at what we can do locally.”

According to the Ottawa Food Bank, 2022 saw the most visits in the organization’s 38-year history. Across its locations, there were more than 400,000 visits to the food bank. One in seven households in Ottawa reported food insecurity, compared to one in 15 in 2017, as reported in the Ottawa Food Bank’s annual Hunger Report. 

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