Tag Archives: Hamilton

(864) Hamilton Spec poverty series

4022467725_300abe7362_zThe Hamilton Spectator launches a series today looking into poverty there.  First up is a consideration of the need to study poverty and the way that got tougher when Harper ditched the long form census.  We are all for getting as much data as possible on poverty in order to help kill it.  On the other hand, can’t we just crank up a basic income for Canadians and take care of things that way?

Local poverty picture blurred by lack of data . The road ahead: End of the long form census left local planners half blind. The poverty project 10 years later

(726) Time to try something different

6040480574_ea6feb4846_zTime and money in the 905: it’s amazing the stranglehold car commuting puts on us.  In Brampton, a family is trying to work  around the weighty inevitability of it all.  Coincidentally, the Toronto Star looked at their efforts right at the time of the Toronto International Auto Show, a major fest of cool cars and long payment plans.

Car-less in the 905. One family’s quest for automotive freedom. A Brampton family dares to exercise its options and trade two cars for more time together

Nobody is saying the car economy is exactly over.  Just that change is coming and change is possible…

6 reasons why cargo bikes are the next big thing
grist.org

Realize, you may not always get a thank you note along the way…

My life as an, um, activist
raisethehammer.org

One dad’s Twitter photo essay on his daughter’s perilous walk to school
streetsblog.org

See also: (179) Automobituary

image: wyliepoon via Flickr/CC

(646) Three Hamiltons talk living wages

HamiltonA town each in Canada, Scotland and New Zealand share the name Hamilton.  On poverty and wages they appear to speak the same language.  Minimum wages are not enough in these places to fully participate in life and keep individuals healthy through proper housing and living conditions.  Those participating in this internet discussion, recorded this afternoon, explain their take on living wages as the preferred approach to pulling people who work out of poverty.

3 Hamiltons meet to discuss their living wage efforts
cbc.ca/news

(552) Hello? Ontario, you home?

Adolphe Bitard TéléphoneOther than watching Tory Tim “Tea Party” Hudak make an innumerate fool of himself the current provincial election has a distinctly phoned-in feel: with voters as guilty as the “playas” looking for votes.  Oh well, apathy always ends well, doesn’t it?  And the minimum wage hit $11 per hour yesterday!

OCAP infographic: Still A Poverty Wage

Why isn’t poverty an election issue in Hamilton? Hamilton anti-poverty organizations want to push it to the forefront of the Ontario election
cbc.ca/news

Group urges campaigns to reflect on poverty
guelphmercury.com

image: Le Telephone. Bibliotheque Nationale de France via Wikimedia Commons

(472) Kids, poverty & mental health in Hamilton, ON [Five-part CBC series]

HamiltonA five-part, in depth look at children, poverty and mental health in Hamilton, Ontario is underway at cbc.ca.  If the first segment is anything to go by this will be an impressive piece of feature journalism on a very important topic.  Even moderate exposure to poverty has implications for community mental health because of its effect on childhood development.  Hamilton’s children will be the first generation to grow up there as citizens of a fully post industrial community.  Where those children go so goes Hamilton.  A picture of the conditions and issues faced by Hamilton’s children is assembled by Denise Davey based upon key statistics and time spent with families.  Some of the best cared for of children are found in Hamilton but even newer neighbourhoods “up the mountain” as Hamiltonians say, are home to children in problematic situations.

Kids, poverty and mental health: Hamilton fights back