Peterborough Examiner: Retired Peterborough woman panhandling after CERB benefits clawed back

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To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular story, which was shared by the Peterborough Examiner, was first published on January 28, 2022.

‘If it’s cold weather, my feet freeze, my fingers freeze. If it’s rainy, I get wet, you must be out there 24/7’.

An elderly Peterborough woman has resorted to panhandling to pay living expenses after her pension and government assistance were clawed back after receiving the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit. 

Susan Maier, 69, has been living o a little more than $700 a month, for almost a year, after having to repay the government for collecting CERB. 

To read the full story on the Peterborough Examiner’s website, please click here