National poverty campaign kicks off in Hamilton

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By Kevin Werner

Nearly a month into the federal election and the main political parties and candidates have failed to talk about an issue that impacts nearly 5 million people across Canada, say Hamilton poverty activists.

On the same day that government statistics revealed that Canada is officially in a recession, a coalition of local non-profit, faith-based and anti-poverty activists launched a nation-wide campaign called the Vote to End Poverty.

“We’ve seen families hit hard by the recession in 2008 that haven’t recovered yet,” said Tom Cooper, director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction. “This recession will hopefully be shorter.”

Cooper said poverty is present in every community, including Ancaster, and Dundas. Dundas, he said, has the second highest level of poverty, while at the same time also having the second highest income level in the city. And the Ancaster Community Services recently issued a call for help to fill its food bank, he said.

“There is poverty in Dundas and Ancaster,” said Cooper. “It might not be as evident, but it exists.”

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