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Calling attention to the national tragedy of homelessness

January 15th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Calling attention to the national tragedy of homelessness)

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picture 040Vancouver housing activist Am Johal is coordinating a hunger strike to shame the federal government into reinstituting a national housing program. Canadians from coast to coast can participate by spending a week on a liquid-only diet. The hunger strike began on December 30th and it will continue through the coming B.C. election and the 2010 Olympics. [source: www.straight.com] (more…)

2008 becomes 2009: A look back and a look forward

January 8th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on 2008 becomes 2009: A look back and a look forward)

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picture 037We devote our full program this week to a review of some of the stories that made the news in 2008…month by month…from the perspective of social issues as they unfolded…primarily in the Nanaimo region. We also look forward to what 2009 might bring to the community. (more…)

Oscar Clemotte on philosophy and the art of classical guitar

December 18th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Oscar Clemotte on philosophy and the art of classical guitar)

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picture 035Oscar Clemotte is both a professor of philosophy and a classical guitarist. He joins us in the studio for a talk about philosophy, ethics, and music. And, he brings a guitar along to share some music with us. (more…)

Bouncing back with mental health supports on Vancouver Island

December 18th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Bouncing back with mental health supports on Vancouver Island)

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picture 034It’s not uncommon for people with conditions like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, etc. to feel anxious or depressed. Bounce Back: Reclaim your Health is a new self-help program designed to help people living with chronic physical conditions improve emotional well-being and get more out of life. (more…)

First Unitarian joins extreme weather response in Nanaimo

December 18th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on First Unitarian joins extreme weather response in Nanaimo)

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picture 036A cold snap and expected record cold weather has put Nanaimo’s extreme weather response program into operation. First Unitarian Fellowship has become the first local church to join the downtown Salvation Army in providing overnight shelter for the homeless. (more…)

Banking food: Touching base with a first line of defense

December 11th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off on Banking food: Touching base with a first line of defense)

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picture 032Food banks are bringing new meaning to the phrase “run on the bank” as demand for food support rises while—in some areas—donations aren’t rising. We talk about food banks and their campaigns and what they are seeing on the frontlines. (more…)