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  • 4 things the return of the census will tell us about Hamilton

    4 things the return of the census will tell us about Hamilton

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    The census is back. How will it help us better understand a changing city? By Tucker Wilson The controversial scrapping of the long-form census was reversed by the Liberal government Thursday, and that move is going to help shed some light on changes that have been happening in Hamilton. Bringing back mandatory surveys will give governments …

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  • The Poverty Project: 10 Years Later

    The Poverty Project: 10 Years Later

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    Ten years ago, this city’s powerful and the poor sat down and agreed to tackle poverty together. The needle has twitched some, but it hasn’t really moved. But those committed to poverty reduction are in it for the long haul. And they insist the groundwork has been laid. The Spectator has launched a seven-part series …

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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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