In Nova Scotia non-unionized workers have to jump through hoops to qualify for pay on Christmas Day. And don’t even think about getting paid for Boxing Day. Judy Haiven explains.
“And for all sixty years of their lives together every Christmas was more than Christmas because each one was imbued with the joy they’d felt that first Christmas Eve as they walked down that rural road, the snow, like grace, floating down around them.” Another lovely story by Catherine Banks, about poverty, love, and yes, Christmas.
Kendall with some thoughts on Christmas, including a handy list of all the soup kitchens serving Christmas dinners. Also some thoughts on a social inclusion tax credit for people on income assistance, much needed help for things like passes for fitness centres.
Judy Haiven takes a Lawtons district manager to task for making stores play Christmas music for six full weeks.
Kendall Worth asks Santa to have a chat with Minister Kelly Regan about his wish list on behalf of all of Nova Scotia’s people on income assistance.
This is the most puzzling time of the year – to figure out which days are paid holidays and which are not. Judy Haiven helps you understand your rights, so you can help your boss understand.
Kendall meets up with a young woman, at one time on income assistance, who continues to turn her life around. A touching story with a definite Christmas flavour.
Kendall on the challenges of Christmas parties. “They tell me that they wish they could just sleep the month of December away. It’s not because they don’t like Christmas, it’s because of all the things like this, that become complicated just because you are poor.”
Reporter and First Voice poverty activist Kendall Worth on the many barriers that stop poor people from celebrating New Year’s Eve the way middle and upper class people do.
This wonderful story by Catherine Banks (and equally wonderful illustration by Kate Phillips) is our thank you to all our readers and friends who struggle to make ends meet but refuse to let poverty define them. Next year we’ll fight for a living wage and decent income assistance benefits even harder, but for now, have a great holidays!