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Tom Cooper is the Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.
Basic Income Cancellation is Both Cruel and Irrational - Premier Ford says the way out of poverty is "something called a job", but 70 percent of Basic Income participants already had jobs and were still living in poverty. Published October 29, 2018 in Commentary
Let's Fix Social Assistance - Come to Queen's Park this Thursday to support a new private member's bill to create a social assistance rates research commission. Published April 12, 2016 in Events
Ontario Government Restores Some Funding for Homelessness Prevention - It will be critical in the months to come to continue to impress upon the provincial government and those vying to become Premier that cutting critical social programs will result in huge costs to individuals and society. Published December 28, 2012 in Commentary
Affordable, Accessible Public Transit: Keys to Poverty Reduction and a Vibrant Community - Presentation to Committee of the Whole, Transit Budget Hearings: October 29, 2009. Published October 30, 2009 in Special Report: Transit
Social Housing in Ontario: Picking Up the Pieces - New provincial investments are a start, but certainly more will need to be done to protect Ontario's aging social housing stock. Published March 24, 2008 in Commentary
Lies, Damned Lies and Poverty Statistics - Statistics can be useful for measuring progress or identifying areas of improvement, but real poverty reduction efforts will continue to rely on community-wide investments and action. Published December 20, 2007 in Commentary
Hamilton's Heat Alert Strategy Full of Hot Air - The city health department's heat alert strategy is vague and ineffectual. We need a detailed plan that reaches and protects our most vulnerable residents. Published June 07, 2007 in Cover
Tenants and Taxes - Hamilton's lowest income earners are renters, but they pay among the highest property tax rates. Published May 18, 2007 in Commentary
Quick Guide to the New Residential Tenancies Act - The new Ontario tenancy legislation is a mixed bag, ending default evictions but retaining vacancy decontrol. Published February 09, 2007 in Commentary
Councillors to Discuss Provincial Social Spending Cuts , Published November 06, 2012 in Politics - Provincial
Heat Alert 'Trigger' Too High, Published July 17, 2008 in Health
Urgent: Contact Council About HSR Hike, Published November 28, 2007 in Politics
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