(197) Niagara Falling

It certainly is a mighty thing, Niagara Falls.  All that water, the honeymoons, the things to see and do, the casinos, the hydro electric power that made both sides of the border into industrial societies.  We can also see social difficulty on the Canadian side of the river has been a concern for some time.  The number of people in Niagara Region living below the Low Income Cut Off (LICO) is higher there than the average for all of Canada, according to the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University in St. Catharines.  The Community Observatory recently issued a policy brief on poverty in the Niagara region.  The LICO is the generally accepted rough equivalent in Canada to the poverty line in the United States.  It would seem that despite its hydro power, industrial heritage and good agricultural land the Niagara frontier is coming to have things in common with the rust belts of Britain and America.  Hopefully that can be turned around.  Niagara needn’t be below the Canadian average.  A community forum regarding poverty will be held in St Catharines tomorrow.  It deserves to be well attended.

Are the consequences of poverty holding Niagara back?

Poverty creating storm clouds on horizon St Catharines Herald

photo: P. Bica via Wikimedia Commons