The 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?
The precarity penalty 200-page .pdf file
‘Precarious employment’ still rising in Toronto, Hamilton
Time and money in the 905: it’s amazing the stranglehold car commuting puts on us. In Brampton, a family is trying to work their way 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.
Nobody is saying the car economy is exactly over. Just that change is coming and change is possible…
Realize, you may not always get a thank you note along the way…
My life as an, um, activist raisethehammer.org
See also: (179) Automobituary
image: wyliepoon via Flickr/CC
A 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.
Other 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
Group urges campaigns to reflect on poverty
image: Le Telephone. Bibliotheque Nationale de France via Wikimedia Commons
image: Richard Masener via Wikimedia Commons
image: Library and Archives Canada
Precarious employment, food security, social services access and transportation issues are not just encountered by Ontarians in the sprawl around Toronto. Proof of that lies in these two efforts by major universities:
Poverty Research Centre set to open in London CTV London video 2:46
A 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.