“They are vulnerable workers and they are heroes too!.” A very good op-ed by Danny Cavanagh, president of the NS Federation of Labour on the sacrifices made by by retail and food production workers, without adequate pay and protection.
Howard Ramos, Alan Walks and Jill Grant on Canada’s rising neighborhood and income inequalities, further exposed through the COVID-19 crisis. “A better policy would be to immediately build social housing and affordable rental units. Governments should also continue pandemic-induced policies like limiting loopholes for eviction from commercial and private rental housing.”
The Halifax Workers Action Centre created this guide to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Friends of Halifax Common has written to HRM Mayor and Council asking that they refuse the province’s latest proposal for a provincial parking garage for the Halifax Infirmary – which is to not build a 7-storey parkade on the south side of the Natural History Museum; but instead to build an 8-storey on the north side of the Museum; and, to join the Hospital to the new parking garage by way of a pedway above Summer Street.
Media release; Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Danny Cavanagh says there are still too many gaps in emergency relief programs to keep food on the table and pay the bills for many workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martyn Williams: The Coronavirus crisis has brought to the forefront a perennial problem often swept under the carpet or pegged for gradual street redesigns over decades: How can we enable pedestrians of all ages and abilities to move around safely?
Letter: “In a demonstration of next-level tone deafness, Matt Whitman, a Halifax city councillor is calling for lay-offs.”
This week the Herald demoted Scott Taylor’s column about all things military from appearing in print in the newspaper, to being only online. It’s part of a trend, writes Judy Haiven.
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – During this horrible pandemic people who live with disabilities face unique challenges. Maybe you are self isolating but you can no longer rely on your homecare worker visiting regularly. Or maybe you are institutionalized, non-verbal and no longer able to communicate with staff because a caregiver you rely on is no longer allowed to visit. We talk with Sherry Costa, provincial coordinator for the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities (NSLEO) about these and other issues.
Kendall talks with William, a man who is poor and living with anxiety and depression, about both the practical and mental health challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.