Paul Wartman speaks with Chris GooGoo and Dawn Matheson about an initiative to improve the quality and accessibility of healthy, locally grown foods in Mi’kmaq communities. “We’ve always had agriculture. The public education system and history hasn’t told us that. We’ve always been told that we’ve been under the Indian Act, we’ve been given government handouts throughout history. We know that hasn’t always been the case–we’ve invented agriculture in many ways.”
Kendall Worth: Even though in the lives of the people I advocate for “normal” may seem different from what rich people would consider normal, people living in poverty are very much looking forward to the day that things like in-person dining at soup kitchens etc are re-opened.
There’s so little in terms of support for single parents taking care of children with functional needs. Single mom Jennifer Pratt writes about the obstacles she encountered when she tried to qualify for respite services.
In the fall of 2020 the federal government announced a “new Canadian Disability Benefit modeled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors”. Reporter Kendall Worth speaks with Sherry Costa of the NS League for Equal Opportunities about how the League plans to engage first voices, family, friends and allies in Nova Scotia.
Landlords like fixed term leases because they offer a way to get around the 2% rent cap currently in place. Stephen Wentzell talks to a tenant who was forced out of his home, and tries to get a response from the province.
Writing your will, it’s a grim topic, but you really have to do it, says DeRico Symonds, no matter whether you are rich or poor. Stephen Wentzell attended a workshop organized by Gamechangers902 in collaboration with lawyers at McInnes Coopers. That same legal firm offers a program to provide pro-bono legal services related to wills and estate planning.
Art Fisher is the executive director of the non-profit Family Service Association of Western Nova Scotia. On Tuesday he appeared in front of a virtual Standing Committee of Community Services to speak about affordable housing and COVID-19. He made some excellent points, which is why we are publishing a transcript of his introductory remarks.
Media release: This report shows a complete disconnect from the reality that tenants in this province are facing. Rather than provide material protections for tenants or invest in building public housing, the commission has chosen to recommend cutting red tape and giving tax breaks to developers, vague promises to improve public housing, and discontinuing rent control past the state of emergency.
As of May 21 landlords must ask for tenants’ permission before they conduct in-person showings for the purpose of renting or selling the property. Reporter Jennifer Pratt writes about the new rule, and about her own predicaments dealing with this issue.
A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia, released today, is making nearly 100 recommendations to address affordable housing and homelessness crises across the province. Journalist Stephen Wentzell spoke with one of its authors, and highlights some of its recommendations.