Kendall Worth has a nose for good stories, and this is one of them. On the Easter weekend of 2015 Daryl and Darlene met in the QEII emerge, both there for mental health issues aggravated by loneliness and isolation. Now they’re friends and support one another when things get tough. What happened?
This year Easter Weekend is going to be different for Jenny and her three friends. Kendall Worth investigates.
Kendall Worth on why for many people in income assistance an invite to a school reunion is not a joyful thing. Especially if they used to live in rural Nova Scotia, where issues of mental health and invisible disabilities are not always understood.
Kendall and MLA Susan Leblanc have been working closely together to put an end to the 100% clawbacks of EI benefits and self-employment earnings for people on income assistance. Last week they reached a bit of a milestone when the petition was tabled at Province House.
Kendall meets up with a woman who had to make the big adjustment from living a fairly comfortable life to making ends meet on income assistance. Find out what happened and learn about her deepest wish.
Kendall reports on meeting Lori and Dave (not their real names), a couple struggling to get by on income assistance and faced with isolation.
Kendall Worth raises the alarm about an unusually high number of income assistance clients who have seen their shelter allowances cut.
Kendall Worth on annual reviews, the stress, the humiliation, and the importance of staying calm, cool and collected. Bring a friend or an advocate, he says.
Kendall Worth recently went door to door in Halifax Chebucto with Gary Burrill, MLA and leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. They were looking for support for the petition against the EI clawbacks. “It was a great day out and there was lots of support at the doors,” Kendall writes.
Kendall Worth finds it difficult not to get frustrated with Community Services’ lack of progress in making things better for people on Income Assistance.