• Local youth have edge on bleak employment front

    A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives holds up Hamilton as a model of how to fight youth unemployment. To some, particularly jobless and underemployed youth, this might seem a cruel joke. They know too well that underemployment and unemployment can be like cancer, sapping hope. Many of our area’s young people […]

  • Opinion: Many seniors don’t qualify for extra benefits

    People on assistance need $100 raise now (Oct. 21). With regard to the article about people on assistance needing more money, have you considered what most pensioners receive? We worked at a time when there was no such thing as a pension plan. The story speaks about proper food — many seniors don’t buy healthy […]

  • Rally calls for an increase in welfare and disability benefits

    Jim McLean lives in an apartment that comes equipped with high-efficiency, energy saving light bulbs that cost about $8 a pop. As the bulbs started to burn out and his home became darker, the Ontario Works recipient had to choose carefully how he would spend the last few dollars of his monthly cheque. He chose […]