“The current complaint system at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) doesn’t seem to be working. Those who have been traumatized by racism, sexism and hate are being re-victimized,” writes Raymond Sheppard.
Gary Aitchison has a new bedbug-free place to live! After Judy Haiven and the NS Advocate exposed how a senior was forced to flee his bug-infested apartment all of a sudden the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority found him a new place. Too bad it took seven years.
Kendall Worth tackles what he hopes to see at the upcoming session of the provincial legislature. He singles out affordable housing and rent control.
Brenda Thompson, author of an excellent book on poor houses in Nova Scotia, expresses her relief that the unmarked burial ground on Spring Garden Road will remain preserved.
On Valentine’s Day Kendall Worth hopes that Community Services will reconsider its cohabitation policies that make it difficult for people on income assistance to share companionship.
Lisa Cameron tackles the recent $1 minimum wage increase. It’s a step in the right direction, and credit is due, in large part, to the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign. But it is not nearly enough.
Economists Michael Bradfield and James Sawler make the case for doing away with property taxes and replacing it with something more fair to everybody.
Thoughtful presentation by Larry Haiven to an all-party committee reviewing a proposal to eliminate capped property assessments in Nova Scotia. “Our fear is that, allowed to run free, tax assessment based on the vagaries of the market could seriously damage a wonderful, diverse and still-affordable neighbourhood,” said Haiven.
Kendall catches up with the young woman from Beaverbank who is at Dalhousie University through the Career Seek program. Not all the changes she was hoping for actually happened so far.
Judy Haiven writes about a senior citizen who is camping out in a Halifax hotel because his public housing apartment at the Gordon B. Isnor Manor is infested with bedbugs.