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Official Opening Canceled

June 6th, 2016 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | uncategorized - (Comments Off on Official Opening Canceled)

boundary-crescent-700x310On page two of our Spring Issue of Currents, we reported the official opening of Boundary Crescent would take place on June 8th, 2016 at 1:00 pm and that Minister Stilwell and Mayor Bill McKay would be in attendance. Unfortunately, the opening has been canceled until further notice. As soon as we have a new date, we will let you know!

Thank you for your understanding.

What’s the buzz about social determinants?

November 11th, 2013 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter - (Comments Off on What’s the buzz about social determinants?)

Read all about it in the latest Columbian Centre Currents newsletter

currents autumn 2013Since mental disorders and addictions are usually consigned to the healthcare domain, it is not surprising that most attention is channeled into the notion of illness and the medications which are employed to mitigate symptoms. However, “the primary factors that shape the health of Canadians are not medical treatments or lifestyle choices but rather the living conditions they experience. These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health.” (Mikkonen, J. & Raphael D. Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian Facts, 2010).  Read this article and others in the autumn issue of Currents (opens to PDF).

Power and mental health: Addressing imbalances

November 15th, 2012 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter - (Comments Off on Power and mental health: Addressing imbalances)

“The expertise gained from lived experience should be complemented by professional expertise, not overwhelmed by it.  All stand to benefit from ensuring that there are as few imbalances as possible in the distribution of power throughout the mental health system”

By Howard Chodos, Ph.D.

Before I began working on health and mental health policy just over a decade ago, I was trying to earn my living (not very successfully) as an academically trained political theorist. In the course of my work, I had thought a lot about the nature of power and how it is exercised. Now, after having been a lead author on the three major Canadian documents on mental health policy,  I am glad to have the chance to draw on both parts of my training and experience to contribute to your discussion. (more…)

Being alone together

May 9th, 2012 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter - (Comments Off on Being alone together)

Social media and its implications for people with mental health issues

Social media, in the form of Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, and texting, etc. are sweeping through the world, much like a tsunami.  Thrashing about in this churning sea, many of us struggle to find our bearings.  Are we being herded around by social media, or are we in command of these new tools?  What does this mean for vulnerable people: are they being left behind, swept away into uncharted depths, or riding the wave?

Sherry Turkle, a professor at M.I.T., has described a radical change in the nature of social relationships, brought on by social media. She describes the change as a slide from full-bodied conversation to electronic connection. (more…)

Pandora’s Box or Xbox?

December 6th, 2011 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | news & views | research - (Comments Off on Pandora’s Box or Xbox?)

The debate over violence, addiction and isolation in video gaming

In September 2011, a middle-aged British man burst into the home of a fellow online computer gamer, aged 13 years, and “throttled” him, according to news reports. The shocked teenager’s mother intervened and saved her gaming son.

The story doesn’t surprise Nanaimo resident and avid gamer Ronin Broad, who says that threats and arguments among competing online players are common. Whether online death threats are real or virtual might be the big question. The British incident occurred after the teenager “killed” the middle-aged man in the online game and then taunted him. The Daily Mail reported that the man who throttled the youth “had mental health issues.” (more…)

Colliers Intl donates to Columbian Centre

November 4th, 2011 | Posted by vimhsadmin in currents newsletter | events - (Comments Off on Colliers Intl donates to Columbian Centre)

From left to right: Karren Vachon, Brad Archibald, Dave Ganong, Tom Grauman, Todd R., Kari Fetherston, Linda Ryder, Jason Winton, Dorina Medland, Brad Bailey, and Christina Dhesi.

Colliers International recently presented a cheque for $10,000, the proceeds from the Colliers International Charity Golf Tournament held on September 9.

Colliers International hosted its First Mid Island Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday September 9, 2011 at the Nanaimo Golf and Country Club.  Corporate representatives from real estate, investment, finance, legal, accounting, and development businesses, as well as community leaders, participated.

Colliers dedicated its First Annual Charity Golf Tournament to the Columbian Centre Society (CCS), under the theme “Lowering Handicaps” for this year’s tournament.

The Tournament was followed by a dinner, along with prizes, Silent & Live auctions, and a 50/50 draw.