• 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 […]

  • It’s not about charity, it’s about justice

    We need to change the conversation about the haves and the have-nots. “When anyone is hungry while others have too much to eat, when anyone has no shelter while others live in luxury, or when anyone lives in poverty while others enjoy affluence, justice is not present. Where justice is not present, the quality of […]

  • Income inequality hurting Hamilton

    Widening income inequality is hurting our poorest residents and our democracy, says a new report from the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton. The report shows the average income of the city’s richest residents has grown by almost half since 1982, compared to a meagre increase of about 2 per cent for most of […]