Kendall Worth: As we all know, living through the second lockdown with the Christmas season upon us is no fun for anyone, whether you are rich or poor. Christmas this year is going to be different for all of us.
Kendall checks up on several folks we met before to see how they are holding up during the second lock down. Altogether a lot better!
Moving away from a place where you weren’t happy, and to a place that is pleasant, where you live near a friend and where the caseworkers are more helpful makes a big difference to our old friend Daryl. His friend and roommate Darlene is equally doing well, Kendall Worth reports.
Kendall Worth: Whether we are on lock-down again or not, I want to suggest that over the holiday season we should have an organization like the Red Cross do wellness checks on people living in poverty who are going to be alone for Christmas.
In a follow up on his last story, about hospital visits, Kendall Worth tackles the high cost of some over the counter medications, causing all kinds of problems for people on income assistance.
“How many more children are going to be left behind before we will make it our collective priority to end child poverty,” JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon asks in a presentation on child poverty in Cape Breton. She speaks of parents living in rat-infested homes, skipping meals in order to feed their children.
A short documentary released earlier this week by Accessible Media Inc. features poverty activist and award-winning Nova Scotia Advocate journalist Kendall Worth.
Kendall Worth: “You may think it a bit weird for me to talk about Christmas in October but many people on social assistance are already starting to develop a bit of anxiety thinking about how they are going to prepare for Christmas this year.”
Kendall Worth: “Fewer family thanksgiving dinners means that this year for many people Thanksgiving is going to be full of all-around sadness.” But there is also a bright side.
Kendall Worth: Meet Jennifer, Donna, Tafiba, and Michelle , who have two things in common. They are interested in wanting to get back into the workforce and they have applied for a zillion jobs over these past couple of years and it seems that no one will hire them.