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New teaching resource on Income Disparity in Hamilton



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.

Learning about Income Disparity in Hamilton HS Resource Final Version January 23 2015 430pm


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February 3rd, 2015 by HRPR

Employment Opportunity

Job Title: Project Coordinator

Terms: Part-time:  20-22 hours/week (1 year contract)

Reports To: Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction


The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction requires a project coordinator to help establish a Speaker’s Bureau of persons with the lived experience of poverty and social exclusion.  The mandate of the Bureau will be to present in front of various audiences to tackle negative stereotypes and promote educated dialogue about the implications, costs and human and health impact poverty has in our community.  The coordinator will help facilitate engagement, recruitment, training of 6-8 individuals to comprise the Speaker’s Bureau.

The ideal candidate is a person with lived experience of poverty and/or social exclusion and has community development experience and an thorough knowledge of Hamilton; is able to understand challenging projects and complex planning; is familiar and has experience with literature review and critical appraisal methods; is an effective communicator with strong writing skills and believes that citizen engagement is critical for effective community change.

For a full job description please go to Project coordinator – Speaker’s Bureau (2)

Please mail or email resumes by August 9, 2013 to:

Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

120 King Street West, Suite 700

Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4V2

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July 15th, 2013 by HRPR

Addressing homelessness on International Women’s Day

Why Gender and Housing – March 2013

International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of women – but also to discuss challenges facing many who struggle in poverty without access to affordable, safe, accessible housing. How’s the Weather is a local campaign that seeks to put a gender-lens on homelessness. More than 300 women are turned away from shelters every month in Hamilton because of lack of space.
A community forum held today called “Why Gender” discussed solutions and ways to engage the public. Included was an announcement on new funding to address women’s homelessness. Students from McMaster University also led a ‘Flash Mob’ at Gore Park to raise awareness of the issues.

How's the Weather Campaign receives boost

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March 7th, 2013 by HRPR

Macleans Magazine & Canadian Medical Association host town hall on health and poverty at Mohawk College


Town Hall Forum on Health and Poverty

CMA town hall shines national spotlight on Code Red

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March 5th, 2013 by HRPR

Laura Cattari joins Steve Paikin on TVO’s the Agenda

In this inspirational episode of TVO’s the Agenda, with Steve Paikin, Roundtable member Laura Cattari joins others to discuss the challenges and busts the myths about living in poverty. Thank you Laura for your courage and inspiration!

My Brother's Keeper on TVO's the Agenda with Steve Paikin

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November 23rd, 2012 by HRPR

How are we doing in making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child?

The Hamiltonian blog asked a number of community leaders, including Mayor Bratina and City Councillors their thoughts on progress towards the City’s aspiration.

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August 9th, 2012 by HRPR

200 attend Poor No More film and panel discussion in Dundas

See below for photos taken at the Poor No More film viewing and forum on April 29, 2012

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August 9th, 2012 by HRPR

A policy plan to hide poverty, inequality?

Read Stephanie Baker Collin’s excellent op-ed in the Hamilton Spectator Ottawa is shutting down public debate on issues it doesn’t care about

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August 9th, 2012 by HRPR

Governor General David Johnston visits Hamilton

Follow Governor General David Johnston’s visit to Hamilton LIVE
Live coverage of Governor General’s visit to Hamilton – April 18, 2012

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August 9th, 2012 by HRPR

“Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor!”

April 17, 2012, Hamilton Spectator Editorial, Howard Elliott: 
Any Budget Compromise must include lifting welfare freeze!

April 16, 2012, Hamilton Spectator Editorial, Rick Hughes: 
We Must Provide necessary social services

April 10th, 2012, Hamilton Spectator: 
“Discretionary” health benefits such as eyeglasses, dentures, baby supplies – even funerals – now at risk as province downloads costs to municipalities

April 9th, 2012, RAISE THE HAMMER:
 Balancing the books on the backs of the poor, by Ryan McGreal

April 9th, 2012, CTV Newsnet
  Armine Yalnizyan on the growing gap of inequality in Canada

April 4th, 2012, Hamilton Spectator:
Food Banks face Baby Food Crisis – Food Share and Poverty Roundtable denounce provincial budget

April 3rd, 2012:
CHCH News: “Provincial Budget’s Hunger Games”

Press Release APRIL 3, 2012 – Povincial Budget
“Critical shortage of baby formula at area food banks spurs Hamilton Community to Action, but will the 2012 provincial budget deepen the crisis?”

Ontario’s social assistance system is failing this province’s most vulnerable citizens. Rates are too low, rules are too complex and opportunities to move off the system into well-paying jobs are few and far between. Individuals with disabilities do not have the supports they need to help them live healthier.

Poverty Roundtable responds to provincial budget measures that freeze welfare rates, delay Ontario Child Benefits – Read Tom Cooper’s column in the Hamilton Spectator

Deirdre Pike and Tom Cooper talk welfare freeze on AM 900 CHML’s Bill Kelly show  2012 budget discussion Bill Kelly

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario has released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform and What We Heard: A Summary of Discussion on Social Assistance.

Click here to read the Hamilton Poverty Roundtable’s response

Visit the Social Assistance Page for more information

Organizations in Hamilton Respond to the Social Assistance Discussion Paper:

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August 9th, 2012 by HRPR