Laura MacNutt, who has a Masters degree in Architecture, did work for Acadia University that she feels she still owns. Acadia doesn’t think so. Now she is fighting the university in court, and she stands to lose tens of thousands of dollars if she doesn’t win her appeal. She can’t afford a lawyer so she represents herself. Maybe the stakes are too high.
Kendall Worth, who knows all too well what it is like to be on social assistance, is puzzled about the results of the so-called First Voice consultation conducted by Community Services. “Clients I personally talk to tell me that they got depressed and gave up.”
A quick update on the shameful practice of carding in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is looking into it, but it is early day.
Councillors on the Halifax Transportation Committee are recommending that the bus pass discount pilot project be expanded. The program allows low income Haligonians to buy a bus pass for half the price. Some say access to transportation is a basic necessity, and the City could do much better.
Stereotypes, ignorance and bias are very much part of the way many of Nova Scotia’s reporters tell the stories of African Nova Scotians, Mi’kmaq people and immigrants. By and large that was the consensus that emerged during a well-attended panel discussion at the University of King’s College last Friday.
The Passage, a poem from And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, a collection of poetry by writer and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton. Because it is the start of African Heritage Month, and because it is beautiful.
The line-up for this year’s Mayworks Halifax will be revealed this Monday at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. We get a tiny little bit of a preview from festival director Sébastien Labelle, and also learn about the launch of a beautiful set of social justice trading cards, chewing gum included. Get them all!
This April people on minimum wage will get a 15 cents raise. Let’s party!
When you’re poor there are few places you can go to for socializing and fighting loneliness in the evenings and on weekends. Cup of coffee? Not if it comes out of your tiny food budget. The bar scene? Way too expensive and not suitable for many. A movie? Out of the question. So what to do?
Community Services budget numbers back up what a lot of people on social assistance and poverty advocates have been saying for years. The department is cutting back on bus passes and other travel expenses.