Do you believe that poverty is the most critical issue facing Hamilton today? If so, please outline your solutions. If not, please explain your reasons.

Responses to the question: "Do you believe that poverty is the most critical issue facing Hamilton today? If so, please outline your solutions. If not, please explain your reasons."

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CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Black, Bob Yes I have not only first-hand knowledge but also in working with the City Kidz, St Mathews House and a number of organizations while helping as Santa Claus each year, I have experienced poverty in the most innocent of all, our children. I intend to pursue the breakfast program and hopefully implement a lunch program as well, in the schools not only for Ward 3 but throughout Hamilton. I will still be a very strong advocate for St Mathews House and the Local Food Banks. This is just a start but it will give all of council an opportunity to expand on the initiative and create more and more programs.
Gibson, Sean Yes Poverty has been a part of my platform since 2006; it's extremely encouraging to see in The Spec (Oct 18 & 19 issue) poverty is finally on voter's radar. As someone who understands poverty, I know how much it's affecting our ward and our city. Why try to reinvent the wheel? We can take advantage and collaborate with local homeless shelters, community health centres and recreational centres along with other applicable organizations that already have a grasp and understanding of how to eradicate poverty. Working inclusively with these groups will help address the critical issues of poverty facing our city today.
McGrimmond, Wilamina Yes Working in the school system made me see all the poverty, as I have worked in inner city schools. I cannot say if I have a solution until I meet with all the people and then we can work as a community to come up with solutions together.

I am sure my friends who live and fight poverty will be helping me along the way in finding solutions.
Tetley, Paul Yes While I believe poverty is an issue, I do not believe it to be the most critical. Addressing poverty is simply addressing the symptom and not the root cause. We've seen in the past that pouring money into treating the symptom has failed in preventing and alleviating poverty. All that has been accomplished is the creation of a "Poverty Industry" in Hamilton.

The most critical issue facing Hamilton today is the root causes of poverty. We need to focus greater resources on the root causes, which include a lack of jobs, lower education rates, and the general lack of opportunity.

We need to develop programs that create opportunities, employment and work with our youth to achieve higher levels of education so they can excel in today's economy. My platform includes a Community Improvement Plan, which is designed by the Province to allow municipalities to develop programs that address many of the root causes of poverty found in Ward 3, and the City of Hamilton.

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DiMillo, Mark
Morelli, Bernie