Ask Marissa Deacon how she feels about the concept of a living wage, and her reaction is sudden and effusive.
The notion of a living wage is that every adult Hamiltonian would make exactly enough to have a modest but comfortable life: $14.95 per hour.
That’s $4 an hour more than Deacon has made in months.
“Right now, for me, it’s either pay rent or have groceries. And if you don’t pay rent, you don’t have a place to live,” said the 22-year-old, who recently earned Ontario’s minimum wage of $10.25 at a local call centre.
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Source: The Hamilton Spectator