A program that helps young persons with disabilities transition into the workforce is being cut by the Halifax Regional School Board. At the root lies the School Board’s unwillingness to deal with bullying by one of its employees, charges the executive director of Independent Living Nova Scotia.
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.
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.
The government walking away from Bloomfield is a disastrous blow to affordable housing. North End gentrification will continue unabated.
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.
Some facts to ponder on Budget Day: Nova Scotians experience more food insecurity than any other province. Also, more people go hungry than in any other province. We also lead the way in terms of children facing food insecurity, a new report finds.
This excellent 2013 documentary by Kimberly Smith portrays 14 people in Kings County, in the Annappolis Valey, who struggle to make ends meet. Government as a support is mostly absent.
MLAs of all parties formally ask Community Services to reinstate funding for the NS Association for Community Living.