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Canadian Basic Income Recipients Are Suing Their Government

After the program’s sudden cancellation, a three-judge panel hasn’t decided whether to uphold the Ontario government’s decision.
In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, Jodi Dean helps her wheelchair-bound daughter Madison, who suffers epilepsy and severe osteoporosis, on an elevator as they leave home for a doctor's visit in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The mother of three received her first basic income check last month and said the extra money gave her family "the breathing room to not have to stress to put food on the table.
In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, Jodi Dean helps her wheelchair-bound daughter Madison, who suffers epilepsy and severe osteoporosis, on an elevator as they leave home for a doctor's visit in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The mother of three received her first basic income check last month and said the extra money gave her family "the breathing room to not have to stress to put food on the table.Rob Gillies/AP

Members of an internationally lauded basic income pilot project in Canada are taking their province to court over its surprise cancellation, arguing that the Ontario government’s decision is unethical and that it was made in bad faith.

On Jan. 27, a three-judge legal panel heard arguments in a Toronto courthouse. They ultimately reserved judgment, meaning they haven’t yet decided whether to uphold the government’s decision or accept the recipients’ request to quash the cancellation.