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Losing confidence

April 23rd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Losing confidence)

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May on the state of Canadian politics

picture 081“Canadians are waking up from our long political slumber to realize that there will not be change unless we insist upon it. We have a presidential-style prime minister without the checks and balances of either the US or the Canadian systems. Attack ads run constantly, backbenchers and cabinet ministers alike are muzzled, committees are deadlocked, and civility has disappeared from the House of Commons. In Losing Confidence, Elizabeth May outlines these and other problems of our political system, and offers inspiring solutions to the dilemmas we face.” [Source: mcclelland.com] Losing Confidence is a ringing manifesto for change from the leader of Canada’s Green Party. (more…)

Hearing disturbing voices

April 16th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Hearing disturbing voices)

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Experiential workshop for students and frontline workers provides a personal glimpse into mental health problems

picture 080Pat Deegan is a clinical psychologist and also a psychiatric survivor, having first been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. During her journey to recovery, she coined the term “personal medicine” which she defines as “the things that give life meaning and make life worth living.”

Pat has given keynote addresses, lectures, and workshops around the world. One of these workshops provides an effective and direct experience for students, frontline workers, and others who are interacting with people who are ‘hearing disturbing voices.’ The workshop is now being offered in Nanaimo by Columbian Centre Society. (more…)

From compassion to action

April 16th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on From compassion to action)

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picture 079In the third of a three-week series, From Compassion to Action, we talk with some of the volunteers who are making a difference in our community about their experiences, thoughts, and observations. We’re joined by Theatre BC volunteer Jeremy Banks and Canadian Cancer Society volunteer Bill McCullough.

National Volunteer Week is an annual volunteer recognition and awareness-raising event in Canada and the U.S. (more…)

Gene competition

April 16th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Gene competition)

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A novel theory of mental disorders

picture 078“Two scientists, drawing on their own powers of observation and a creative reading of recent genetic findings, have published a sweeping theory of brain development that would change the way mental disorders like autism and schizophrenia are understood.” (Source: New York Times)

Dr. Bernard Crespi, a biologist at Simon Fraser University, and Christopher Badcock, a sociologist at London School of Economics, propose that an evolutionary tug of war between genes can influence brain development. (more…)

Traveling Swami

April 9th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Traveling Swami)

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A conversation about health and wellness, from the yogic perspective

picture 077Swami Maheshananda Saraswati is an eminent yoga teacher who has devoted nearly two decades to learning and teaching the philosophical and practical aspects of Yoga and Tantra.

He travels internationally to conduct seminars and workshops on a wide range of yoga topics and is currently presenting in Nanaimo and elsewhere on the Islands. (more…)

From compassion to action

April 9th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on From compassion to action)

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picture 079In the second of a three-week series, From Compassion to Action, we talk with some of the volunteers who are making a difference in our community about their experiences, thoughts, and observations. We’re joined by Canadian Red Cross volunteers Linda Sampson and Jennifer Jenkins and by Habitat for Humanity volunteer Jim Eagles.

National Volunteer Week is an annual volunteer recognition and awareness-raising event in Canada and the U.S. (more…)