If high speed internet access in rural Nova Scotia is a “basic right,” what about access to a phone? Oh wait, no votes there…
Workers at the provincial Maintenance Enforcement Program, the people who make sure court-ordered child support payments are not being dodged, are too busy to do a good job, a former employee charges.
When the head of a family is cut off from social assistance for punitive reasons the entire family suffers. LEAF, a national organization that promotes equality rights for women and girls hopes to change that through the Nova Scotia judicial system.
Brenda Thompson was a welfare activist in Halifax in the eighties. Being a single mom who spoke her mind rather than know her place, she became the target of vicious attacks by the then minister of social services Edmund Morris. But Morris went too far, she took him to court, and won. We talk to Thompson about an especially vibrant period in Nova Scotia welfare activism, the strong support of the feminist movement, Alexa, journalism, slut shaming, and lots more.
Kendall Worth on wanting to help people who live in poverty. If only he could make all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has denied five welfare recipients the opportunity to argue that insufficient funding for special diets amounts to discrimination.
A Facebook post by El Jones about very high long distance rates for calls from provincial jails piqued my curiosity. What I found is a system that enriches a Texas company and the provincial government each time a prisoner dials the number of a loved one.
Kendall Worth investigates involuntary and so-called inappropriate body language, things like fidgeting in public, talking to yourself (in some cases out loud), making big hand movements that make a person look like they are trying to start a fight with someone, or engage in evil-looking facial expressions. He talks to middle and upper class people who don’t really understand, a police officer and the people who actually do those types of things.
A new report by FoodARC confirms what people on social assistance or making minimum wage have always known. Being poor means going hungry or being undernourished.
A Community Services presentation suggests that the proposed revamp of social assistance may result in some clients receiving less than they do now. Not to worry, it’s only a scenario for consideration, says the department.