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  • A rally took place at Hamilton city hall to top off the city

    A rally took place at Hamilton city hall to top off the city

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    By Patrick McDonald, SPRC Co-Op Student, Aldershot High School This week a rally in front of Hamilton City Hall reached its desired effect with council members arriving at a unanimous decision to ensure there is enough money for the Housing Stability Fund until the end of winter. After the emergency housing fund ran out of …

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  • Hamilton’s living wage issue must wait until 2017 budget discussions

    Hamilton’s living wage issue must wait until 2017 budget discussions

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    By Kevin Werner The City of Hamilton could be a leader within the community in the fight against poverty if it started to pay its 500 seasonal and temporary employees a living wage. Poverty activists, business owners, a McMaster University professor and even students from a grade 5 class at Rousseau Elementary School in Ancaster, …

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  • Promoting togetherness on Hamilton’s south mountain

    Promoting togetherness on Hamilton’s south mountain

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    By Mark Newman It’s an initiative aimed at promoting community spirit and togetherness between homeowners and those who live in public housing on the south Mountain. For the past year the city’s Social Planning and Research Council has been heading up a community engagement study in the Butler, Barnstown and Chappel east and west neighbourhoods …

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  • Hamilton consultation: Province seeks input for basic income pilot

    Hamilton consultation: Province seeks input for basic income pilot

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    By Rosie-Ann Grover Ontario is looking for public input Tuesday for a basic income pilot geared to boosting support for low-income residents — even if they are on social assistance. “It’s an interesting idea,” says Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services. “It’s the security of knowing you have a certain amount. You don’t …

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  • $15.85 is Hamilton’s new living wage: coalition

    $15.85 is Hamilton’s new living wage: coalition

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    By Natalie Paddon What does it cost for a family of four to live in Hamilton, participate in the community and pull themselves out of poverty in 2016? Both adults must work full time, earning $15.85 an hour, according to the Living Wage Working Group. Hamilton’s new living wage figure — a 90 cent increase …

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  • Motherisk Commission Information Session

    Motherisk Commission Information Session

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    This Tuesday, October 18, 9:30 – 11:30, the SPRC is assisting the Motherisk Commission in facilitating a community meeting to help find women in Hamilton who have been impacted by faulty drug testing during custody cases. Senior Social Planner, Deirdre Pike, included some details about the commission in a column for The Hamilton Spectator. Read …

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