Landlords raising rents, renovictions, homelessness and the underlying acute shortage of affordable housing in Halifax and elsewhere in the province have been getting a lot of attention. I spoke with NDP MLA Susan Leblanc about what residents of Dartmouth North are telling her, and how rent control is urgently needed.
This afternoon some 30 tenants of 6 Nivens Avenue and their sympathizers rallied in front of the North Dartmouth building to bring attention to its state of disrepair. They also have safety concerns and are upset about a substantial rent increase received by one of the tenants that they believe are in retaliation for lodging complaints with the city.
Press release: The ACORN Tenants Union is fighting back against the dangerous living conditions in the apartment complexes on Nivens Ave. and Windmill Rd., owned by Mario and Tracey Morrison and managed by Harbour Mews.
Kendall Worth meets with Dartmouth North MLA Susan Leblanc to talk about special needs allowances and housing.
Kendall Worth spends some more time with Daryl and Darlene, the two friends he featured in his Easter Miracle story. Part 3 to follow soon.
The trailer for Six Primose, a documentary about the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and the dramatic impact that access to healthy food, a social network and empowering programs have had on individual lives and the community as a whole. See the entire film this Wednesday January 30, it’s free!
A new CCPA report takes a very close look at the sad picture of child poverty in Halifax. It contains information you likely didn’t know about your community or neighborhood. For instance, Spryfield has a child poverty rate of 40%, and in rural Nova Scotia North Preston (40%), East Preston (38.9), and Sheet Harbour (26.1%) lead the pack. Meanwhile, Fall RIver has a child poverty rate of a mere 3.9%.
This weekend’s video is a spoken word poem by the young and very talented Guyleigh Johnson, about community and growing up in North Dartmouth. Not to be missed.