Poverty

Stuff and Nonsense: Notes from CBRM

Stuff and Nonsense: Notes from CBRM

January 13, 2021 at 12:21 pm

FOIPOP Update It’s been over two months — 71 days, to be exact — since Nova Scotia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Tricia Ralph recommended the CBRM release 890 pages of documents to me in response to a 2015, port-related, access to information request. Of those pages, 28 had been previouslyRead More

Poverty Remains Long After Christmas is Gone

Poverty Remains Long After Christmas is Gone

December 16, 2020 at 12:49 pm

Christmas is nigh and the good and the generous have been hard at work throughout our communities, making sure that each and every family awakens to everything it takes to make the day a joyful one. They’ll have food and toys and clothing and all will be fine — forRead More

Breakfast in a Pandemic

Breakfast in a Pandemic

November 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Donald Campbell, Jr knows a thing or two about going hungry. The owner of That’s Right Roofing & Renovations, who recently placed third in the heavily contested District 12 race in the CBRM election, suffered physical hunger pains when he was a boy – and blames poverty, in his characteristicallyRead More

Angry Old Testament God

“God’s Will,” Thoughts on Providentialism

September 30, 2020 at 12:26 pm

“It’s God will” is a statement so often heard that when one personally decides s/he no longer accepts it as reasonable, practical, or —  let’s face it — believable, a statement from a high-ranking clergyman in the Catholic Church endorsing such a view, especially with regard to COVID-19, has toRead More

Hugh Segal (Photo by Milan Ilnyckyj / CC0 https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/)

Hugh Segal Wants to Turn CERB to GAI

June 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm

This past week, I listened to a podcast from the Conference Board of Canada’s “Bright Future” series featuring my old friend (meaning, someone I quote frequently), Hugh Segal, who has for years (since he “had hair”) been a fierce proponent of guaranteed annual income (GAI). Asked by host Michael BassettRead More

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Failing the Homeless and Vulnerable

April 22, 2020 at 11:20 am

“We need firstly some very basic things happening. We need access to portable toilets in our communities, so people can at least go to the bathroom, with wash stations so they can sanitize.” — Janet Bickerton, Ally Centre of Cape Breton, 30 March 2020, CBC interview   As noted above,Read More

Timely Lessons from Ontario’s BI Trial

Timely Lessons from Ontario’s BI Trial

April 22, 2020 at 11:18 am

I had started to write this column before I’d heard news of the horrendous shooting incident in our province. Nothing I could write would have any effect on those whose lives have been lost, those who were injured or those who are left to mourn. Least of all, would anyRead More

COVID-19 Makes the Case for GAI

COVID-19 Makes the Case for GAI

April 8, 2020 at 2:44 pm

The key word heard most since the COVID-19 virus took over our lives is “together” and, in the final analysis, if we don’t overcome this “together” by strictly following all the rules that have been set out for us by competent people who struggle to make us aware of justRead More

Kentville Sanitorium and area. (Richard McCully Aerial Photograph Collection, NS Archives, 1931)

Self-Isolation Week 3: Remembering TB

April 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

All the discussion around the recent corona virus pandemic and the fallout from it that’s affected hundreds of thousands in all parts of the world got me thinking about a disease that struck my own family and was treated in a very different manner. That would be tuberculosis, and manyRead More

Dr. Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963. Photo by NARA - National Archives, CC0, By NARA https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60402418https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60402418

A Lift Out of Poverty, No Strings Attached

January 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

The term ‘utopia’ — the way we use it today, to refer to an ideal but unattainable state — comes from the book of the same name, written by Sir (Saint) Thomas More in 1516. The form is political critique disguised as fantasy disguised as travelogue. More casts himself asRead More