We talk with an older woman on income assistance who, as a result of a cut to her special needs allowance, has lost her ability to go to medical appointments and grocery trips. But we saved the tax payer some $50 a month. This is what austerity looks like in Nova Scotia.
Kendall reports on meeting Lori and Dave (not their real names), a couple struggling to get by on income assistance and faced with isolation.
Free dental care for all makes an awful lot of sense, writes Brandon Doucet, a fourth-year dentistry student at Dalhousie.
News release: ACORN Nova Scotia continues an ongoing campaign to get landlords to provide healthy and suitable living for low income Nova Scotians. Metcap Living has become notorious for low-quality housing and poor management. Many buildings are infested with bedbugs and in dire need of repairs.
Kendall Worth raises the alarm about an unusually high number of income assistance clients who have seen their shelter allowances cut.
PSA: Join us for a screening of the documentary My Week on Welfare, as well as a panel discussion featuring individuals with lived experiences of being on welfare and individuals working within the system.
News release: The excellent Women’s Wellness Within celebrates its 2nd anniversary as a registered non-profit organization with Top Ten Lists and Immediate Actions.
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.
“If we care for our children and friends who live with disabilities, we need to broaden our horizons beyond the school. We need to come to terms with the fact that families with members with disabilities are trapped in an ableist society, one which is also deeply heterosexist, racist and classed,” writes Nancy Spina..
The Department of Community Services continues to penalize family members, including children, for actions that are entirely out of their control. And it does so despite a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruling that called the practice unfair.