Kendall Worth on romance, poverty and a man on social assistance and a woman talking on a bus. “The woman asked, so why are you not married and have kids?.”
Kendall Worth continues his awesome reporting on the individual lives of people on welfare. Meet William, who lives with mental health issues and is on social assistance. A double whammy of stigma.
Kendall tells the story of Dorothy (not her real name), a young woman who with help from family and friends managed to overcome a severe depression while on social assistance.
Most articles about poverty focus on the obvious things, lack of money, bills that pile up, dealing with Community Services and landlords, and so on. Kendall for a long time now has covered these issues, but he also writes about about some of the less obvious hurdles in the lives of people living in poverty. Here he writes about his idea on how to deal with loneliness and social isolation that so many people who live in poverty face on a daily basis.
Some people on social assistance have jobs, and while you work you are entitled to keep a portion of the money you earn. However employment insurance (EI) benefits and self-employed earnings get clawed back at 100%. Kendall has long said that’s not fair, and now there is a petition you can sign and the NDP is supporting it.
Kendall Worth reports how at times people on Income Assistance who have involuntary body behaviours like fidgeting or talking to themselves but are just minding their own business are being bothered by police or private security guards.”I recently learned of three people who had this happen to them in Halifax. As you will see, one of those three incidents ended up badly,” he writes.
Kendall Worth to Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development: Hopefully your plan will go a lot better and things to eliminate poverty will move faster. People living in poverty are suffering.
Kendall Worth on the Community Services transformation project: “We understand things don’t happen overnight. However the length of time this transformation has been taking to date is concerning and frustrating to people in the community. Right now we are five years into the transformation and very few problems for people who depend on this system have gotten resolved. Why is the length of this transformation process taking so long for people to see positive results?”
Kendall Worth on poverty, social isolation and anxiety, and New Year’s resolutions. “It is a well known fact that people do not keep resolutions they make at New Year’s. However when you do keep your New Year’s Resolutions you have achieved something great in life.”
Kendall Worth asks Santa to have a chat with Minister Kelly Regan about his wish list on behalf of all of Nova Scotia’s people on income assistance.