• Hamilton digs deep for social service funding as province watches

    Hamilton may have to continue funding social service programs by itself beyond next year with the provincial government concentrating more on balancing its budget in the coming years. Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey said in an interview the changes the Liberals made to the homelessness programs last year won’t be reviewed, and in fact […]

  • Mountain food bank welcomes farmer tax credit

    New law could mean more fresh produce for Hamilton food banks. Hamilton food bank users may be able to help themselves to more locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables next year. The Ontario government last week passed legislation that makes Ontario farmers eligible for a 25 per cent tax credit based on the fair market […]

  • The luxury of growing what we eat: Provincial Local Food Act could spell win-win for farmers and food banks

    In Ontario, agri-food is the largest driver of the provincial economy. Fruit and vegetable farmers alone grow more than 125 different crops and support more than 30,000 on-farm jobs, as well as a further 8,700 food-processing jobs specific to horticulture and specialty crops in the province. We also have some of the world’s most affordable […]