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$56 for groceries for a month: a Weekend Video follow-up

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – In last weekend’s Weekend Video, Speaking the truth about housing and welfare in Nova ScotiaJodi Brown said that when illness forced her to go on welfare she found herself with a monthly budget of only $56 for groceries for her and her kids.

That’s hard to believe, people said, and who can blame them. Nova Scotia recently closed the books with a budget surplus of $150 million.

In four minutes Jodi does the math, and yes, it’s true. Lives on welfare in Nova Scotia are sheer hell.

Check out Jodi’s Facebook Page: Nova Scotia Housing Tenants

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