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Class Warfare

Monday, August 5, 2019

Used to feel sorry for beggars

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 9:19 AM

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An assistant manager at a busy shopping area saw a beggar stick his props (crutches that particular day) under his arm, wander over to his nice car, toss them in and drive away. Since then I don't feel sorry for beggars—they're often duping us all.
—Not So Naive Anymore
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

One-month housing challenge

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 2:41 PM

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Halifax is in the worst housing crisis in 20 years. If you call up any housing program or shelter, you are put on a list. A certain company bought a lot of low-income buildings with the promise to keep rents affordable, only to dishonour that and have even mothers having to leave and there is absolutely nowhere to go!

Like CB said in "HRM needs rent control," the $535 rent/lights allowance that is given out by Income Assistance used to make you live in infested buildings because the landlords knew we couldn't afford to move. Income Assistance is provided to people who can't work due to physical/medical/mental health problems. Believe me when I say it's not easy to receive that help. Many letters, medical forms and sleepless nights hoping to have your medication covered, only to have to use it to supplement the extra rent you need to pay. Can anyone out there find an apartment for $535 lights included?!?! By the way, that amount has not increased in over 20 years.

The people who drive by the "bums" begging for extra change should be extremely grateful they are going to a roof over their heads, with food and without being bitten all night by bed bugs!!!! No human should have to live in these environments but here we are, and not one paper thinks this crisis and these humans are  worth the front page.

Here is my thought: Why don't the people on the committee that decides what we are allowed live off, try living off it themselves for one month. Walk away from your nice home with your clean bed and the food you can sit down and eat without having a cockroach lurking by, and go pick up your check. Of course you will need to find housing with your $535, and cover damage deposit plus moving expenses plus hook-up fee for lights, etc. Then live off of what's left.

One month is all I ask. For anyone who understands/lives like me—Chronic Bronchitis and the hundreds more—let's push for this challenge. No one will listen to us. We need the evening news and newspapers to put this out there!!!! Cause we are here embarrassed, with low self-worth and have given up, so we stay in our shell. Well, that's if we even have one!!!!!!
—Welfare Bum
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

HRM needs rent control!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 2:04 PM

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I am a person with a legitimate disability on assistance, although before you assume I'm a "welfare bum," please know that I work part-time as much as I physically can to supplement my very modest income. I am disgusted with trying to find a reasonable rental apartment in HRM. I'm looking for a simple one-bedroom apartment and I cannot find one for under $750. This is ridiculous.

Assistance only allows $535 for rent and landlords know this. They assume everyone on assistance is a bum who isn't worthy of having a home. They price all their units hundreds above that amount to ensure they will get working tenants. This is discrimination and not fair. Do you think most people on assistance choose to be? They do not. It is not an easy life living on a pittance.

I am doing everything I can do get out of the apartment I'm in now, which is infested with black mold. The place before this was 700 bucks a month and had bed bugs. I had to throw out all my furniture and lost everything! The landlord does nothing when I call for repairs, doesn't show up. But raises the rent each time I call. So that's why I stopped calling him to fix things (no one shows up anyway). I am feeling totally hopeless in this situation and am wondering if I will end up sleeping under an overpass in a sleeping bag.

I have tried to go on the wait list for Metro Housing, but you have to have a zero balance on your power bill first. My power bill WAS up to 500 bucks, but since I have been working part-time, I have gotten it down to 155 dollars owing. So I have to wait longer in this horrible unsafe place with mold until I can be placed on a wait list for an affordable apartment with Housing. I am a little reluctant to go to the only building that Housing has in my neighbourhood that allows people my age into the building (not seniors), because it had bad pipes and the tenants got Legionnaires' disease from living there. Also there is a known pyromaniac in the building who was never evicted, yet continues to set fires inside the building repeatedly.

HRM needs rent control. There needs to be more affordable housing, and landlords and rental companies need to STOP discriminating against people who need social services. We all need a roof over our heads. I am doing the best I can and I always pay my rent on time. I have never defaulted on my rent. I am clean and quiet. I have good references but bad credit due to my circumstances of trying to survive day to day in a world where the cost of living is more than what I am allotted by welfare. Please increase the housing allowance for welfare recipients and please start a rent control program—I know I am not the only one who is in this hopeless situation! I hope the municipal politicians read this and make changes. PLEASE HELP!
—Chronic Bronchitis—Now I Know Why
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

If looks could kill

Posted By on Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Really, former employer, do I intimidate you that much? I saw a former employer around town a year after they fired me. I kindly said 'Hi.' What I got in return is an eye roll and the dirtiest look I’ve ever seen someone give. —Kill them bitches with kindness
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Disability Support Program from community services

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 2:14 PM

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The program is not doing enough for people with physical and mental health disabilities. If a person tries to go get help on their own, like for the proper therapy in helping with PTSD, well, community services considers going to school work, not therapy, so they make you sign up for employment works! If a person is disabled and can't work because of severe physical and mental health issues, why are they told that if they don't sign up for the program, it could effect their funding? That is the line they use on every piece of paper that is sent to clients. This is a form of intimidation. How is it helping anything?
—A concerned citizen for poverty rights
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Where are the 2% and 5% increases from income assistance?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 11:12 AM

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Why is the government reneging on their promises? We the people in poverty are still waiting, since 2006. You can see it every time a story hits the news about how people living on income assistance are in dire straits and going hungry. When those reporters ask questions about what is going on, the answer they get from government is always the same: "Wait until the employment support and income assistance transformation is completed." and "We will raise the rates and things will get better."

That was 13 years ago. How much suffering can a poor person endure? That response is so old, it has dinosaur crap on it. There were supposed to be increases in 2019, what happened there? Here it is six months into 2019 and nothing has been done yet! What the hell is going on? Is the government lying again? Of course it is!

When does the government ever tell the truth about people living in poverty? Instead they breed discrimination, hate and crime. They blame all people in poverty for the actions of a few. The stigma created is made up of people who have more money than you could imagine, but those are the people that never had to beg for food or spare change. Yes, there are the ones that waste their funding on drugs and alcohol, but let's be real here: Not every person living in poverty is an addict or alcoholic. Some people feel like this is their tax money being wasted, but that is not the truth. We pay HST, property tax and other taxes that most of the population of Canada pays. That should be enough to say to the working class, because they are the ones who discriminate the most!

Who in our present government is helping? People in poverty should not vote in any election, because we do not reap the benefits and most of what we do need is non-existent, so why should we vote if we don't matter? I urge the people in poverty not to vote and let's just see what happens. Let's really find out if we can get the help that every human being in Canada is entitled to.

The people of Canada care more about helping other countries, but when it comes to helping their own people,they complain that we are no-good people who just want to sponge off the government. What is wrong with this picture? Help other countries but not your own?! Shame on the government, shame on the filthy rich who hold most of Canada's wealth and shame, shame, shame on the people of this province. I hope no of you ever have to live this way.
—Can't care about a system that doesn't care about me
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Stop giving to street-walking panhandlers

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Today at the Windsor exchange, there were four panhandlers working all medians and walking into traffic. Stop giving them money! They are a nuisance and a distraction. Last Sunday, going straight on the MacDonald Bridge at the corner of Nantucket Avenue and Wyse Road, a truck in front of me was giving money to a beggar (on the passenger's side) who was walking the middle of the road, just as the light turned green. As the truck took off, this asshole stood in front of me with a big grin, holding me up. Knock it off!
—Mad Max
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Monday, March 18, 2019

I can’t afford to live here

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 6:23 PM

I have lived in Halifax for almost 10 years now, and every year, housing becomes less affordable, food costs rise, and I descend further below the poverty line. I realize inflation isn’t a Halifax-based phenomenon, but everything is expensive here, and often overpriced for the quality. I have a professional job, a good education, and I can’t afford to live here anymore. I know it’s not the city’s fault, but the prices of things are out of control.
—Goodbye, Halifax
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why bug the panhandlers?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 12:27 PM

What is up with people being rude to the panhandlers? Like the cops! It's up to the drivers if they want to give them money! It's not right—I understand how you cops feel but like I said, it is up to the driver or passenger of they want to give money! But you guys embarrass the panhandlers or give them a ticket you know they can't afford to pay! You should talk to them, not be mean!
—Panhandler
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Ghetto bread?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 12:17 PM

Overheard in a popular gentrified neighbourhood of Halifax, in a hip new shop for privileged folks to splurge on novelty items:
Server: “White or whole wheat bread?”
Dumb white girl decked out in Artizia and Lululemon: “Um, I’ll go ghetto today and get white bread”
Ummm excuse me?
—Done with Halifax
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rant to the racist

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 12:02 PM

You ignorant, racist, idiot fool! You phoned customer support for assistant with your issue—and when my co-worker answered your call, and started to resolve your issue, with her slight accent, you rudely and loudly say, "English! I want English!"
Have you just recently crawled out from under your rock? I wonder, how many languages do YOU speak? ONE! English, and you haven't even mastered it well enough to understand it when spoken with a slight accent! The lady that answered your call has mastered not one, not two, but five, FIVE languages! Mashi, Swahili, Lingala, and BOTH Canada's official languages, French and English. And SHE could understand every word YOU said! Yet you made up your mind as soon as you heard her accent that you would be an ignorant ass and refused to allow her to take your call.
She answers hundreds of calls each week, and everyone else understands her just fine. Shame on you! It's your loss, because she is one of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever met. Get educated! Multiculturalism is a distinguishing factor that makes Canada great! Canada’s success in integrating disparate peoples from around the globe through its policies and immigration system has been held up as a model for the world. You, sir, do not contribute to that. Now go crawl back under your rock!
Frustrated and Furious
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Domestic truck?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:02 PM

Did you know that no one makes a pickup truck in Canada?
Sure, you small-car or take-the-bus-types might be happy, but think about it for moment. The pickup truck is almost iconic for the working class in Canada. We use it at work. We use it at home. We make fences, haul gravel, move grandma's apartment. The list never ends. But we can't buy a canadian truck anymore.
—Disappointed
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In support of the working class

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 9:30 AM

We have nothing to lose but our chains. We have a world to win. —Unite!


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Education vs. teachers' unions

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 10:02 AM

Teacher unions and education. Do you really know that the quality of education is going to be significantly downgraded? Of course you don’t. Why? Because there is plenty of evidence to suggest teachers incomes do not translate into better educations.

You claim that teachers vote against their own best interest in order to vote in favour of the student's best interests  but I would question whose best interests are they really voting for? Education or teachers unions?

A historian would claim teachers unions are only interested in greedy teachers who have been given steadily increasing pay and benefits for the last 30 years and yet the Test scores remained sub standard and stagnate for 30 years.

Is it in our best interest to bleed a system dry with no tangible benefit? Is it in our best interest to teach to the lowest common denominator so kids do not feel bad about themselves? Can better teaching results be found outside the greedy union dominated public school system, you bet they can. Is it entirely their fault they perpetuate a crappy system, No. But, that is of little consolation for our children whom are branded with low outcome standards.

Teachers unions have little to do with education. By definition teachers unions are selfish entities that do not care about the education of our children and only care about the level of benefits they receive.

Teachers! You are paid well, and you pay your union well, too! It is high time for you to send a clear message to your union.

“No we won't take out students to streets for you. You tell your over priced union lawyers to get off their fat cat arses, and do their fucking job. We expect you to settle this in the board rooms or the court rooms, not on the street like a newly formed teamster union. In case you didn't know, this is our community too. Little Johnny needs an education, now not later.” —Concerned Parent


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Equality definition

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 2:26 PM

I'm all about equality, everyone bleeds red, no one should be more important than another. Yet being on a wait list for school, I have to wait two-plus years, while others are being added to the course, without waiting due to minority. Why can't people let go of the past, live in the present, I don't treat anyone different, but now I'm treated like second class, and have to wait, while you get pushed to the front of the line. Two steps back I guess. —Potential student waiting forever





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