I grew up in a small town – Lindsay, Ontario – in what I believe is the best country in the world to live in – Canada.

​I’m the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate, a social purpose news site focused on the social and economic wellness of the town. Lindsay is especially in the spotlight right now because it is one of three places in Ontario chosen for a basic income pilot project, beginning in the fall of 2017 and lasting for three years.

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Basic Income

Learn more about a Basic Income Guarantee, the most talked-about social policy in years!

Author Roderick Benns spent two years interviewing leaders across Canada about the merits of a guaranteed minimum income for Canadians.

A basic income could virtually eliminate poverty and give more security to all Canadians.

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My Books

The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. Macdonald.

“John A. Macdonald is haunted by the murder of his younger brother, in this lush novel…Roderick Benns’ dialogue lifts off the page. This is as close to John A. telling the story of his own life as we are ever going to get.”

— Patricia Phenix, Private Demons: The Tragic Personal Life of John A. Macdonald

The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder: An Early Adventure of John Diefenbaker

Sold out but still available as an e-book.

“Finally, a book about John Diefenbaker…the first in Fireside Publishing House’s new Leaders & Legacies series of fictional adventures experienced by Canadian PMs in the days of their youth.”

— Maclean’s Magazine

Arthur Meighen: A Way with Words
The Story of Canada’s Ninth Prime Minister.

“Having known my grandfather as well as I did…I always considered him as living proof that politics is a noble calling…It is my hope that after reading Roderick Benns’ entertaining and faithful account of his life, you too will come to this conclusion.”

— Honourable Michael Meighen, retired senator, grandson of PM Arthur Meighen

New Biography


Avis Glaze

From her earliest days in Jamaica, as a young girl who was driven to teach others to read, to her rapid rise through all levels of the school system to become Ontario’s first Chief Student Achievement Officer, Dr. Avis Glaze has been a persistent voice in the belief that there should be no ‘throw-away kids.’ Avis Glaze: The Children Cannot Wait, is part biography and part chronicle of achievements.

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Roderick Benns