KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – “Why are we picked on as mothers, while we do everything we can to help our kids, but nobody is doing anything to help us?”
Video reporter Jodi Brown visits Samantha Monaghan, mother of six-year old son Luc. Her son has a terminal illness and Samantha struggled to keep her family fed and sheltered on social assistance until Community Services cut her off and ordered her to repay $31,000 in earnings she allegedly did not disclose.
Samantha and her lawyer dispute the accusation, countering that the money consisted of fundraising donations to help pay for her son’s treatment, support payments from an ex spouse and a $15,000 settlement for Luc’s injuries in a car accident, all income that she reported to her caseworker at the time.
Now the family can’t make ends meet and is facing eviction.
We first heard about this awful situation through a report by CBC’s Angela MacIvor. The case is winding its way through the court system, but meanwhile Samantha is fighting for her child’s life and her family’s sanity.
Jodi visited with Samantha and came back with the three video reports. We meet Samantha, find out about Luc’s expensive special diet, and we get introduced to Luc.
“Do you eat three meals a day,” Jodi asks. “No, I am happy to get my breakfast in the morning. I feed the kids, I make sure the kids are fed,and I am the one that does without,” Samantha responds.
“I need help,” Samantha tells Jodi. “Why should my kids starve when there are politicians out there making $200,000 to $300,000 a year, while kids that are sick are not getting proper treatment and proper foods. Why are we picked on when we are good mothers and we do everything we can for our kids, and they don’t do anything to help us?”
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