HALIFAX, N.S. —
With solely a few days left in January, Jacob Wilson finds himself asking the identical query he asks on the finish of each month.
“How the hell am I going to pay hire?”
Wilson was one in all a dozen folks to rally in entrance of One Authorities Place on Barrington Road in Halifax on Saturday, demanding motion from the soon-to-be new Nova Scotia Liberal on the housing disaster.
“I make greater than minimal wage now, fortunately, however nonetheless each month I battle,” Wilson stated.
Wilson stated whereas the price of residing, which the Canadian Centre for Coverage Alternate options decided is $21.80 per hour in Halifax, wages aren’t.
And whereas Wilson isn’t in a great monetary state of affairs, he noticed folks in worse form when he was working at a homeless shelter final 12 months.
“A few of our visitors had been nonetheless working by means of the pandemic, however they had been unable to pay their payments on a full-time job in his province,” he recalled.
“We’re precariously shut on this province whereas working full-time for what this province deems is an appropriate minimal wage.”
And minimal wage isn’t the one factor that must be addressed in the case of the housing disaster, stated Hannah Wooden.
Wooden can be hoping the brand new premier of Nova Scotia, to be elected on Feb. 6 when the province’s Liberal management race concludes, will make the present hire management insurance policies everlasting and lift earnings help and incapacity fee charges.
Labi Kousoulis, former minister of labour and superior schooling, stated he would implement a hire cap of 4 per cent on all present leases for the subsequent 4 years whereas he critiques “different housing methods and the housing market.
Iain Rankin, former minister of lands and forestry, stated he would “impose a 4 per cent rental enhance on all models lower than 15 years outdated throughout the pandemic.” A activity drive would then evaluate this and suggest to regulate, prolong or get rid of it.
Whereas Randy Delorey, former well being minister, stated inexpensive housing plans “want costing and session.”
However Wooden stated the three candidates are solely providing up “Band-Support options.”
“I haven’t heard something that makes me suppose it’s not enterprise as common and enterprise as common is what has led us to this disaster,” Wooden stated.
Raymond Sheppard, a human rights advocate, stated he couldn’t consider that persons are nonetheless having to rally for equity and justice.
“It’s shameful that folks should be out right here on this climate protesting in order that different folks can have lodging,” Sheppard stated.
“There must be a concerted effort on the a part of authorities within the province of Nova Scotian to make a distinction within the lives of Nova Scotians.”