Sunday, 24 September 2017

It is terribly important that we support the few people in Nova Scotia who are on welfare and/or live in public housing who speak out publicly about the conditions they face, not only for what they have to tell us, but also for the simple act of saying it. They are examples and inspirations, what they do is crucial. Jodi Brown is one of these people, and this Weekend’s Video is about her unexpected encounter with both welfare and public housing. One day you have a job, then you get sick, next thing you have $56 grocery money for an entire month.

From Joel and Bill Plaskett’s last album Solidarity, here is its title track performed live in front of a small CBC audience.  It’s summer, the sun is shining, it’s a father-son duet, which is so neat. Those are just a few of the reasons why we picked this video.  Most of all, it’s a lovely song. 

The excellent Halifax Humanities program exposes people on low income to university level literature and philosophy classes. This video about the program is special to the Nova Scotia Advocate. We spotted no fewer than three of our regular writers, and we know there are more. Check it out!

This weekend video actually started as a story published in the Nova Scotia Advocate, written by a mother who wanted to tell how being on welfare affected her and her children, the stigma she faced, and how it can happen to anyone.

Earlier this year the Nova Scotia Advocate was proud and excited to publish El Jones’ We will stop Alton Gas, right after her reading at a  fundraiser for the fearless Alton Gas resisters. Now we bring you Stop Alton Gas, the movie, spoken by El Jones, wonderfully animated by Rachel Derrah and filmed by Izrael Media Arts. Check it out!

This weekend we feature a trailer for a movie written and directed by the wonderfully talented Cory Bowles. It’s about a Black cop who gets profiled while off duty. I really want to see it. Thing is, the movie isn’t quite done yet, and Bowles needs our help. So check it out, and, if you have a bit of money to spare, hurry on to the Indiegogo site to do your civic duty.

In this powerful video Nova Scotians who know about welfare first hand are asked to describe Income Assistance in three words. It takes them all of 49 seconds to tell us that social assistance in Nova Scotia is broken.

This week’s brand new weekend video shows highlights from the recent town hall tour organized by a coalition of individuals and groups opposed to the Alton Gas development. It seems only shareholders and politicians are in favour of the Alton Gas project. Everybody else, not so much.