In Nova Scotia people on welfare in need of extra supports for health reasons don’t count for much, poverty advocates told members of the Community Services Standing Committee.
Them That’s Not profiles single mothers on welfare all across Canada. The documentary was made twenty five years ago, but nothing has changed. Welfare is still punitive and degrading. Benefits are still insufficient. It still sucks to be on it. Solidarity and mutual support still go strong.
“If I look back, I say wow, I am not the same person. I take pride in my job, I take pride in myself. I work hard, I work harder than I ever have for anything. It’s very overwhelming for sure. It’s a great feeling.”
A weekend video about the excellent work of Adsum for Women and Children.
Half-price transit passes for people who live on low incomes doesn’t go far enough, says chronic complainer Robert Devet. Public transit for the very poor should be free, and Community Services should stop shirking its responsibility.
Tenants of Metro Regional Housing in Spryfield are taking charge. They are planning a store, a laundromat, a rec program, and much more. They also want to keep the pressure on their landlord to finally deal with a huge rodent infestation and units in continual disrepair.
In this guest post economists Mike Bradfield and James Sawler argue that a $15 minmum wage will have negligible inflationary effects. If Premier McNeil really wants a tax policy which directly assists low income Nova Scotians, he should make the provincial tax credits REFUNDABLE.
The government walking away from Bloomfield is a disastrous blow to affordable housing. North End gentrification will continue unabated.
Gabriel Enxuga is a candidate for city council who puts poverty , free transit, decent and affordable housing front and centre. Nothing wishy washy about his platform.
This weekend’s video is a flashback to the large 2015 anti-austerity protests in Nova Scotia. One thing about the McNeil government going after the film workers is that anti-austerity videos became really slick and professional.
Op-ed: Today’s budget announcement that social assistance will increase by $20 falls so far short of what is needed that it is laughable.