Inclusionary zoning allows a municipality to mandate a certain percentage of affordable housing in new developments. With an affordable housing crisis growing more urgent by the day, why don’t we use this tool in Nova Scotia? Stephen Wentzell investigates.
Nine days after announcing that schools would remain closed until September the government did a sudden 180. Teachers were out of the loop, and it wasn’t a smooth transition. Stephen Wentzell speaks with the minister, the union, and a teacher to find out what went wrong, and how a heatwave made things even worse.
Landlords like fixed term leases because they offer a way to get around the 2% rent cap currently in place. Stephen Wentzell talks to a tenant who was forced out of his home, and tries to get a response from the province.
Writing your will, it’s a grim topic, but you really have to do it, says DeRico Symonds, no matter whether you are rich or poor. Stephen Wentzell attended a workshop organized by Gamechangers902 in collaboration with lawyers at McInnes Coopers. That same legal firm offers a program to provide pro-bono legal services related to wills and estate planning.
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia, released today, is making nearly 100 recommendations to address affordable housing and homelessness crises across the province. Journalist Stephen Wentzell spoke with one of its authors, and highlights some of its recommendations.
A residency project by a Dalhousie University graduate is exploring ways to improve the pharmacy experience for Black Nova Scotians. Journalist Stephen Wentzell spoke with Afomia Gebre, who is conducting the research, about the how and why.
Stephen Wentzell on the injunction banning protests during the current lockdown: “This is a slippery slope that we as Nova Scotians should pause and reflect on. And as we have seen before, when given the powers police will disproportionately focus on poor and/or racialized people.”
When Vicky Levack went searching for a census form she assumed missing she discovered Stats Can wants management of the nursing home where she resides to fill out the form on her behalf. “But I’m a citizen,” Levack told the census operator.“You don’t need to worry about it,” they replied.
More than 250 people took part in an online Halifax Housing Symposium Monday. The event was hosted by the Housing and Homelessness Partnership. Stephen Wentzell attended and heard from advocates and people directly affected by rising rents, evictions, the pandemic and skyrocketing homelessness.
Taking place from November 12-15, the lineup of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival includes 11 feature films and three sets of shorts. The program looks great, and all the movies are free free.. Stephen Wentzell reports.