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Posted in the Georgetown Forum
There has been plenty of talk lately about the expanding Sunshine List of public sector workers earning six-figure salaries.
Certainly, matters of concern surround the Sunshine List, but what really needs attention is the growing number of Halton residents who could be placed on a ‘Poverty List’.
Metroland West Media Group’s four-part series, Living in Poverty: A Special Report, examines the complex social issue of poverty in Halton, a region not as affluent as you might think.
According to Statistics Canada data analyzed by non-profit group Community Development Halton, the number of low-income families living in the region increased from 8,700 to more than 10,000 between 2006 and 2009– a jump of 19 per cent. The subsequent economic downturn is believed to have inflated that statistic even further.
In the series, Halton Poverty Roundtable co-chairs Marc Hamel and June Cockwell inform us that poverty does indeed exist here in no small numbers and will continue to grow unless the community can come to terms with it and work together to address it.
Perhaps that’s the ultimate goal of this series— to open the eyes of readers to a situation that isn’t going to improve unless a solid plan is executed.
That first requires education, an attitude of compassion and non-judgment and a willingness to take action.
Living in Poverty looks at the issue’s multiple dimensions, those who deal with it on a regular basis, contributing factors and barriers, possible solutions and resources that can offer assistance. The series begins in today’s paper and will continue in three consecutive Thursday editions.
We hope you find it enlightening and significant, and that it inspires you to become part of the solution to this dark spot in humanity.
North Bay, Canada
Most parents don’t hesitate to give their child $15 to go on a school trip,
but for those living in poverty,
the choice is a difficult one if it means there won’t be enough food on the table for family to eat over the next week ...
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