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Food Insecurity, our first episode, is all about a silent epidemic that permeates our communities and diminishes all of us with its insidious debilitating effects on far too many of our most vulnerable.

We are talking with Jackie Torrens, a film maker and courageous advocate for those who suffer from Food Insecurity, and Tim Blades, a member of BRAG: Benefits Reform Action Group, a team of first voice welfare recipients and professionals from our community who speak up on issues and fight for change with Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance program. We talk about the very personal effects of stereo-types about people affected by poverty and some of the realities about Food Insecurity in our communities.

Jackie Torrens is a freelance writer, director and documentarian known for her strong visual style, empathetic portrayal of her subjects, and a keen appreciation for the offbeat. She is co-partner with producer Jessica Brown in their company Peep Media. Jackie has directed and written Peep Media’s documentary films My Week On Welfare, Edge of East, and Small Town Show Biz – all of which have aired on CBC and the documentary Channel. She is currently in post production for Peep Media’s upcoming documentary for Bravo, Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille? – a documentary about the mysterious death of a military electrician – to be released in 2018. My Week On Welfare was nominated for Best Documentary at the Screen Nova Scotia awards and was given special recognition in the Nova Scotia Legislature for its valuable contribution to the discussion of the state of income assistance in Canada.

Tim Blades is a recipient of Income Assistance. He is a member of BRAG: Benefits Reform Action Group, a team of first voice welfare recipients and professionals from our community who speak up on issues and fight for change with Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance program. You can contact BRAG on Facebook for more info. Tim is also the co-chair for the Child Support Clawback Working Group. Email them at CSCActionGroup@gmail.com for more info.