Comment 53162

By Meredith (registered) - website | Posted December 15, 2010 at 14:29:08

@Shempatolla, sadly a even $25/hour job ain't close to enough to raise a middle-class family these days.

This may be true in Oakville, but unless your expectations of middle-class are a lot higher than mine, a gross income of $4000 every 4 weeks is sure enough to raise a family of six, never mind four.

The constant raising of the "middle-class" baseline to where people (like one of our Ward 2 Council candidates last election) proclaim "It's IMPOSSIBLE! to raise a family on minimum wage" or on $25/hour as has been stated here is asinine.

Kids don't need to play in any hockey leagues, be in a family with two cars, have yearly vacations to Disney World or even postsecondary savings to grow up in healthy families in a comfortable middle-class existence, then go on to postsecondary or apprenticeship, and live productive lives.

If your "middle-class" definition is that $25/hour isn't near enough, perhaps you need to evaluate your discretionary spending.

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