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 reconsider planned cuts to social assistance programs.

“We’re here to bring notice to the issue of poverty right before the season of harvest,” said Deirdre Pike, one of the organizers, and a senior social planner for the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

The group, which calls itself Faith Leaders Against Poverty or FLAP, came together as part of a province-wide vigil taken by Ontario’s faith communities. Representatives from the Anglican Church, the aboriginal community, as well as the Bahai and Muslim communities, among others, spoke before a small crowd.

Pike mentioned that similar gatherings were taking place in Toronto at Queen’s Park and in cities like Windsor and London.

Pike, who brought an acoustic guitar to the event, started and ended the vigil with the singing of We Shall Overcome.

“During this season of thanksgiving we’re reflecting on abundance,” said organizer and speaker, Anglican priest Bill Mous. “It’s an opportunity to reflect upon the work we need to do to fully share what we have,” he added.

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