Calgarians invited to a community conversation about basic income through the lens of food insecurity



Calgary, AB, August 30, 2017 – Vibrant Communities Calgary and Basic Income Calgary will be hosting a Community Conversation about basic income through the lens of food insecurity on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Alexandra Centre Society (922 – 9 Ave S.E. Calgary).

Keynote speaker Dr. Lynn McIntyre will discuss a series of policy studies that support a basic income guarantee as a promising solution to food insecurity in Canada. The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. McIntyre, James McAra, CEO of the Calgary Food Bank and co-chair of the Enough for All Food Dignity Constellation, Mary Salvani, a member of Disability Action Hall and a long-time community advocate, as well as Carole Carpot- Lacassagne from the Women’s Centre.

“The fact that children and families in our community go hungry and worry about how they will have food is shameful. A Basic Income guarantee can be a solution,” says Yvonne Stanford, Co-Chair of Basic Income Calgary.

“We support systems change efforts that can have the greatest impact on poverty in our city; it’s why we are working closely with Basic Income Calgary to advance the concept of principles-based basic income guarantee in Alberta,’ says Franco Savoia, Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary. “Basic income offers one of the most promising ways to reduce poverty in Calgary and enable all Calgarians to contribute to community life.”

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Who: Vibrant Communities Calgary and Basic Income Calgary
A community conversation about basic income through the lend of food insecurity
Where: Alexandra Centre Society (922 – 9 Ave S.E. Calgary).
When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Why: To raise awareness about how a principles-based basic income program could offer the most effective solution to food insecurity and poverty, as well as to encourage Calgarians to actively support for a basic income program in Alberta.

About Dr. Lynn McIntyre
Dr. Lynn McIntyre is Professor Emerita of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Having retired from her active faculty position in November of 2015, Dr. McIntyre currently works on ways to reduce household food insecurity – insufficient access to food due to financial constraint.

About Basic Income Calgary
Basic Income Calgary is an action group of Basic Income Canada Network and an Enough for All stakeholder. They support the creation of a basic income guarantee that would create a regular, predictable income, universally and unconditionally available to all who need it, and sufficient to provide for a decent life style and enable full participation in community life. They believe a successful basic income program will be based on the principles of universality, adequacy, individuality; be a part of the existing social support system and ensure people will receive no less from a basic income program than they do now through income supports. For more information, please visit

About Vibrant Communities Calgary

Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with various stakeholders, seeking to engage Calgarians to advocate for long-term strategies that address the root causes of poverty in Calgary. VCC is also the steward of Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy. For more information, please visit and


For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Rosch
Communications and Engagement Specialist
Vibrant Communities Calgary
Phone: 403-283-2193

Yvonne Stanford
Basic Income Calgary
Phone: 403-874-6379


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