Category: Blog

Province says we’ll be “Better Together,” but when?

On Tuesday February 25 2020 the Nova Scotia government tabled what they claimed to be a balanced budget: a budget that lowered corporate taxes and reduced per capita social expenditures. The theme of this budget is “Better Together,” which promotes the idea that a collective response to our current struggles is needed. The content of the budget has incremental changes in that direction, but ultimately falls short of that promise.


African Heritage Month 2020: The ties that bind

The 2020 African Heritage Month theme, The Ties that Bind: Faith, Family and Community, recognizes the essential traits that sustain the strength, resiliency and togetherness of the African Nova Scotian community. For social workers, African Heritage Month is also an important time to reflect on the urgent and continued work that is needed to create full inclusion and belonging in Nova Scotia.


Three decades lost

This week the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released a new report about child and family poverty in our province. Nova Scotia has reduced child poverty less than 1% from 1989 levels. If we are to alleviate the stress that poverty puts on our well-being, our economy and our political system, we must collectively shift our ideology regarding the market and the role of government.


Child benefit policy deepens poverty for the most vulnerable

As election day quickly approaches, although there has been much talk about how the Canada Child Benefit has lifted children out of poverty elsewhere in the country, there has been little attention paid to how benefit policies unintentionally deepen poverty when children are temporarily taken into care by a child welfare agency.


2019 Student Bursaries

A college bursary will be awarded to a Nova Scotian student member who is attending an accredited social work program in the fall of 2019. Bursaries are awarded based on the student’s commitment to professional social work practice.


Celebrating our members

We recognize outstanding achievements in social work at our annual awards banquet. We celebrated our social work award winners at the 2019 Conference & AGM. Nova Scotia social workers who meet the criteria for these awards are nominated by their colleagues.


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