Kendall Worth shows once again how what most people would consider simple problems are often almost insurmountable obstacles for people on income assistance. Poverty, stigma and isolation make many things much more complicated.
“My Week on Welfare” is a documentary about the state of the welfare system in Nova Scotia. Next week it’s coming to Lower Sackville. It’s a great documentary, and the discussion after the showing is always very powerful. You’re not alone, and you don’t have to take it!
Our correspondent Kendall Worth attended one of the welfare transformation meetings organized by Community Services, and he came back disappointed.
Erica Lewis documents the minuscule increases in shelter and living allowance that she received since she first went on income assistance in 1990, and writes about a sleigh of hand by Community Services that made $28 disappear.
Kendall Worth catches up with a young woman who lives in Beaver Bank and finds out how the bus pass has improved her life.
This is big! Together with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers we are commissioning one in-depth story on a poverty-related topic. We want to hear from both professional writers and from people who write from lived experience. Thanks to the generous support of the NSCSW we are able to pay between $500 and $750, depending on the complexity of the topic and how experienced a writer you are. Send us your pitch!
When it comes to spending public money frequent contributor Paul Vienneau can think of many things more useful than a CFL stadium.
Kendall Worth writes about questions Dartmouth North MLA Susan Leblanc raised about EI clawbacks for people on Income Assistance. It’s a topic dear to Kendall’s heart as he knows several people who experienced this.
Community Services will pay for the cab for a person who is getting released from day surgery if the person cannot take the bus home. But finding someone to accompany you home who the hospital approves of is sometimes difficult, Kendall Worth reports.
“I had just turned 60 and I knew I had to make some drastic changes in my life, if not I felt certain I would not have a life, or my mind would be so completely gone, that I would not have been any good to myself or anyone else. I should have been looking forward to retirement and a relaxed future but instead I was sleeping with my phone under my bed clothes ready to dial 911.” Devorah Rivkah writes about the life-changing powers of Adsum for Women and Children.