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  • Local poverty picture blurred by lack of data

    Local poverty picture blurred by lack of data

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    The road ahead: End of the long form census left local planners half blind By Bill Dunphy Back in 2005, when Hamilton’s Social Planning Research Council (SPRC) wanted to arm civic leaders with a good look at just who was living in poverty, researcher Mark Fraser was able to produce what he called the Poverty …

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  • Paths out of poverty: Refugees in Hamilton

    Paths out of poverty: Refugees in Hamilton

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    By Bill Dunphy A little over 10 years ago, two men fled the corruption, chaos and horrific violence of their respective homelands and arrived in Hamilton, penniless and hopeful. They were Simon Mach, an impossibly tall Sudanese refugee, a registered nurse and the father of four, and Solomon Germossa, an Ethiopian farmer’s son turned journalist, …

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  • What 5 Hamiltonians would tell the new Prime Minister

    What 5 Hamiltonians would tell the new Prime Minister

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    Keanin Loomis, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Congratulations on your election! Distant from Hamilton’s concerns and priorities, Ottawa has felt like someone else’s capital city. We need a federal government that appreciates the history of this city in helping build this nation and understands the incredible opportunities we have to create …

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  • City of Hamilton takes Snow Angels back under its wings

    City of Hamilton takes Snow Angels back under its wings

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    By Amy Kenny Volunteer Hamilton will no longer be responsible for administering the city’s Snow Angels program. A report from the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton found, on average, that 261 of every 400 needy residents were not being served by the program due to a lack of volunteers. The report also recommends …

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  • New report offers a good news/bad news look at Hamilton’s economic health

    New report offers a good news/bad news look at Hamilton’s economic health

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    Hamilton is experiencing a “Renaissance”, but it is not benefitting all By Bill Dunphy A new look at the latest economic and social data shows that Hamilton is indeed enjoying something of an economic renaissance, bouncing back from the 2009 recession faster than most Canadian cities. Unemployment is down (we had the fifth lowest rate …

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  • Some Hamiltonians left out of ‘economic renaissance,’ report says

    Some Hamiltonians left out of ‘economic renaissance,’ report says

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    Precarious employment and housing looming issues for the city A new report from the Hamilton Community Foundation touts the city’s “economic renaissance,” but cautions that disparity is a “critical issue,” as many people are not able to reap the benefits of all that newfound optimism. The Vital Signs report, which was prepared by the Social Planning …

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