Month: May 2017

Talking Taxes

Tax talk is timely.  Particularly now.  Many readers will have just filed or maybe just missed the May 1st deadline for federal and provincial tax returns.  Just about everyone has an opinion on taxes, right? Take President Donald Trump. On paying taxes Donald apparently doesn’t.  “That makes me smart,” he said during a debate last year. Others have funny ideas about tax avoidance.  “Dear IRS, I am writing to cancel my subscription.  Please remove my name from your mailing list.” (Snoopy – aka Charles Schulz) I’m partial to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s adage, “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.”  In that context, most of us look for fairness in our tax systems.  What exactly “fairness” is the subject of debate.  Indicators, though, should include simplicity, ability to pay and transparency. That said, multi-residential property taxation in Hamilton fails the fairness test. Today, there is a greater awareness by tenants that they pay taxes through their rent.   Ten years ago, the Clinic and community partners reached out through the I am a Tenant and I Vote Campaign to bring this reality to public attention. At the time, tenant advocate Tom Cooper noted that many tenants were unaware that they were, in fact, paying much higher taxes than those in single family homes. Writing in Raise the Hammer (https://raisethehammer.org/article/577/tenants_and_taxes), Cooper used real property to property comparisons. Tenant...

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Local Volunteer finds meaning to life in Greenspace

Submitted by Candy Venni When we moved to Hamilton a mere five years ago, little did I know I’d be able to fulfill one of my personal & professional, lifetime goals; Creating a sustainable, public garden/ parkette. Located at Strachan and Bay; The Sunset Cultural Garden consists of over 3000 square feet of planting beds (thanks to a hard-working group of volunteers). Neighbourhood champions waded through tons of paperwork to get grants for the plants, planters, pathways, as well as gathering private financial donations. I was called upon as a volunteer to draw up the plans, use our landscaping...

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Mother’s Day 2017

It’s Mother’s Day Not Mothers Day. It was in the eyes of Anna M. Reeves Jarvis a day that you would take time from your busy schedule to call, go home, perhaps do something together. Spend time with your mom, show her how much you love her and to thank mom for her unconditional love. It wasn’t to celebrate ALL mothers, just YOUR mother. Anna Jarvis stressed the singular “Mother’s Day” rather than the plural form “Mothers Day”. It was Anne Reeves Jarvis (Anna’s mother) a school teacher and wife of a prominent Methodist minister who started a different...

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Fashion for May 2017

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.”- Christian Louboutin. With climbing temperatures comes a shift in style. People swap their much-loved jeans in favour of leggings and skirts, sweaters are replaced with tank-tops and sun dresses, and boots are swapped with flip-flops and wedges. Designers are revealing their spring and summer line and people in the fashion industry are itching to see the new looks. So, without further ado, let’s take a peak at the trends you can expect to see hitting the streets this season. Staying active is a great means of...

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Families Raising Families

Are you a Grandparent? Aunt or Uncle? Or another family member raising a young relative? Let’s get together and support each other! Hosted by the Mom’s Group from the Keith Neighbourhood, we meet at Eva Rothwell Centre, 460 Wentworth Street, every second Tuesday from 12.30 to 2:00 pm. We’ll meet next on May 16 and June 13. Let us help you find answers with some issues you may face such as: Behavioural /Frustration Issues/ Disability/Mental Health Issues/Financial Aid/Legal Rights and Support Payments/ Relationships/ School/ Tax Issues. Your life has changed and together we can learn what to do...

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