• 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 […]

  • City’s employment numbers take downward turn

    Hamilton has lost 14,000 jobs over the past year, according to the most recent figures from Statistics Canada. The latest issue of the agency’s Labour Force Survey shows the area shed 3,000 full-time positions and 11,000 part-time jobs since September of last year. The loss kicked the Hamilton-Burlington-Grimsby area’s unemployment rate to 7.5 per cent, […]

  • The Spectator’s view: Jobs paradox leaves unemployed in the cold

    How’s this for a paradox. Manufacturing companies that fled Canada for low-wage countries such as China and India are, in many cases, willing to return now that wages in those countries are increasing. (Higher shipping costs and the buy local trend are factors, too.) Alas, there’s a rub. While manufacturers are lining up to return […]