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  • Draft complete streets policy adds to momentum in Hamilton

    Draft complete streets policy adds to momentum in Hamilton

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     by Sara Mayo On June 26, the SPRC hosted an event to gather feedback about a draft Complete Streets policy for Hamilton. The success of this event is one of many indicators of momentum for Complete Streets in Hamilton and beyond. Complete Streets policies have been adopted in over 500 communities in North America. A …

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  • Hamilton Tastebuds – 23,000 breakfasts a day, and counting

    Hamilton Tastebuds – 23,000 breakfasts a day, and counting

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    By Alex Bielak In my last column I wrote about the jarring contrasts one can find on the streets of our city. Of juxtaposition and dissonance: of wealth and poverty. This piece showcases a remarkable collaborative effort to address the latter and to provide a nutritious breakfast to all children in Hamilton’s schools.  “Hamilton Tastebuds Student Nutrition Collaborative,” …

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  • Deirdre Pike: A true community champion

    Deirdre Pike: A true community champion

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    By Laura Shirk Deirdre Pike’s fascination for sharing stories drives who she is and what she does as both a Senior Social Planner for the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) and columnist for The Hamilton Spectator. In both roles, Pike sees it as her responsibility to facilitate conversation and to improve community engagement. Pike is …

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  • 5 things downtown Hamilton could do without

    5 things downtown Hamilton could do without

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    By Adam Carter, CBC News The face of downtown Hamilton has changed plenty in the last decade. One way streets became two way, James Street became a bustling cultural hub and more people than ever are coming downtown for events like Supercrawl and Locke Street Festival. Now, with expansions like the Royal Connaught development and the …

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  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council shows impacts, builds on strong partnerships

    Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council shows impacts, builds on strong partnerships

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    By Carla Klassen, Social Planner The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) brings stakeholders together to collaborate on newcomer issues, share information, focus collective energy, and leverage resources to improve outcomes for newcomers in Hamilton. This evaluation explores the impacts of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership’s (HIPC) work since its inception and attempts to quantify partner contributions …

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  • Collaboration still key for children’s programming in East Hamilton

    Collaboration still key for children’s programming in East Hamilton

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    By Carla Klassen, Social Planner This local evaluation of the Community Action Program for Children uses numerical data from program partners to identify numbers of sub-groups of participants and visits within each program, and presents stories from program partners about ways that their programs are making a difference in individual families’ lives, as well as …

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