Our knowledge must lead to action
RE: Code Red
The Hamilton Spectator has provided an extraordinary service to this community by dedicating time and resources to its investigative series, ‘Code Red’.
In 2010, reporter Steve Buist and his team raised the alarm with stories that documented the shocking social, economic and health disparities in Hamilton.
To everyone’s disappointment, ‘Code Red, 10 years later’ update found little has changed. People are still dying too young, living in difficult conditions, and struggling to have safe, fulfilling lives.
United Way appreciates The Spec’s commitment to this issue, and shares the concerns many community leaders interviewed for the series have expressed.
We know the only way to address chronic challenges like poverty, or new challenges like opioid addiction, is to collaborate on innovative, integrated strategies.
Obviously, there is much to be done, yet United Way is not discouraged and is committed to investing to address these pressing issues.