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  • Newcomer Services Are Improving

    Newcomer Services Are Improving

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    SISO’s end left info gap, say social planners (Oct. 19) We would like to emphasize that after conducting and reporting on the extensive effort to review and analyze the system of newcomer services in Hamilton, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton has concluded this system of services is improving. This improvement will continue …

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  • Mental Health Tougher for Queer Youth in Hamilton

    Mental Health Tougher for Queer Youth in Hamilton

    By Samantha Craggs, CBC News   Sam Russell thinks of herself as gender fluid — neither male nor female, but somewhere outside society’s usual binary. And she’s fine with that. It doesn’t need to be fixed. The McMaster University student also has depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Like many LGBTQ youth, the 21-year-old …

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  • Anti-Poverty Groups Lobby for Better Social Assistance

    Anti-Poverty Groups Lobby for Better Social Assistance

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    By Teri Pecoskie, The Hamilton Spectator   Local anti-poverty groups are lobbying for higher social assistance rates as the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario readies for the release of its final report on the issue Wednesday. The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Reduction or HOPE are also urging …

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  • Strengthening Newcomer Services: Final Report to the Community

    Strengthening Newcomer Services: Final Report to the Community

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    By Carla Klassen, Social Planner, Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton Arriving in Hamilton as a newcomer to Canada can be difficult, and understanding and navigating the system of supports and services available can be confusing. Given the significant changes in services to newcomers in Hamilton over the last two years, many service providers …

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  • Meet Rebekah Clause

    Meet Rebekah Clause

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    Hi, I’m Rebekah Clause and I’m a 4th year social work and religious studies major at McMaster University. I started my placement at the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) in September and will be here until December. I was born and raised in Hamilton and have always wanted to become more involved …

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  • Hamilton’s Faith Leaders Want Re-think of Social Program Cuts

    Hamilton’s Faith Leaders Want Re-think of Social Program Cuts

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    By Flannery Dean, CBC News   Hamilton Centre has more impoverished renters living in decrepit housing than any other riding in the city, according to a new series of “poverty profiles” released Friday. A collection of Hamilton’s faith leaders gathered at City Hall Tuesday afternoon to call upon both the provincial and municipal government’s to …

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