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(1290) On the poverty trail

A winter view of the Wentworth Stairs, Hamilton escarpment.
In a balanced community, the trails and parks are major assets.  Greenery and recreation outside are important to so many things, from the development of children to cleaning the air we breathe.  Scenery and recreation are fairly described as necessities.
Something is off when such assets are pressed into use as places to live.  Anyone travelling to Los Angeles lately will have been struck with the scale of urban outdoor living there.  It seems like much of the city has been commandeered by raggedy tents and tarps stretched between poles and sticks to define some privacy for people experiencing socio-economic difficulty.
Such encroachment is problematic in a host of ways.  Safety and hygiene are a challenge for the homeless, to say the least.  Outdoor living in parks and along trails also reduces the pleasure and benefit of such places on the part of others.  It can eliminate that pleasure and benefit completely in some cases.  So, in the best uncomfortable-to-read tradition of this blog we therefore link you to a newspaper item about Hamilton, Ontario.
Hopefully, this issue will receive some sensible amelioration.  Just as the smoke from burning fires in the north seeps across the horizon a sense of psychological uneasiness with the social prospects for Ontario swirls outward as the primal, humid days of Premier Ford’s era unfold.
Hamilton’s ‘out-of-control’ rental market is pushing more homeless to camp out in parks and on streets, advocates say
The Star/Hamilton Spectator on msn.com
image: Colin Payson via Flickr/CC

(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