Hamilton Public Health Services along with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction are very pleased to make available: “Learning About Income Disparity in Hamilton, Ontario” for use in Hamilton classrooms. This project would not have been possible without all of the project partners involved n the creation of this unique teaching tool.
We hope this resource will raise awareness amongst Hamilton students so that over time, a shift in attitudes about poverty and income disparity will have a positive effect on all of Hamilton’s citizens.
Putting important issues on the table
We are very pleased that our first official partnership with Hamilton Community Legal Clinic was hosting a dialogue with the candidates running for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. This event was on September 22nd at the Central Library. It was an outstanding opportunity to engage the candidates on a number of issues – including housing, living wage, social assistance and building an inclusive Hamilton. Over 100 people filled the room and participated in roundtable Q&A — the volume and interest were both high and by all accounts it was a successful night of conversations with the mayoral candidates.
Last month the Provincial Government released its new 5 year poverty plan. The plan was delayed by the recent election, but we look forward to working with the Government to move many of the initiatives identified forward. We’ll also need to continue to highlight and vigorously encourage focus on some areas that weren’t as pronounced in the plan – particularly around social assistance reform. Howard recently penned an editorial on behalf of the Spectator’s editorial board which I think offers a good analysis of some of the plan’s hits and misses: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4834291-the-spectator-s-view-wynne-s-poverty-strategy-is-a-mixed-bag/