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The recognition of addiction as a chronic illness

August 20th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The recognition of addiction as a chronic illness)

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picture 120The British Columbia Medical Association has called for a full continuum of care for addictions in B.C. A policy paper released earlier this year also recommends that addiction be officially recognized by government as a chronic illness.

We speak with Dr. Shao-Hua Lu, the paper’s lead author and chair of BCMA’s Council on Health Promotion.

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Good neighbours get together

August 13th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in events | people first media - (Comments Off on Good neighbours get together)

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Block Party underscores importance of connection, citizenship, locality

picture 118On Saturday August 8th, 2009, members of Nanaimo’s Diver Lake Community, and other neighbours, were invited to a block party called Neighbours Being Neighbours. It was hosted by Columbian Centre Society along with a large group of community and business partners including the Nanaimo Theatre Group and Surfside Recovery House. (more…)

Humanities for everyone

August 6th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Humanities for everyone)

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Vancouver Island University’s Clemente course preps for fall

picture 117The Clemente Course in the Humanities, first offered at Bard College in the U.S., grew out of the disturbing fact that many low-income residents have had limited access to college education and no opportunity to study the humanities. Since its introduction to Vancouver Island University, the course teaches literature, philosophy and art history to people at risk of homelessness, physical and mental illness and addiction. The Clemente concept is based in part on the belief that the humanities are key to fostering citizenship. (more…)

A new generation for the Assembly of First Nations

July 30th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on A new generation for the Assembly of First Nations)

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Shawn Atleo becomes National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations

picture 116Shawn Atleo, the hereditary chief of the Ahousaht nation on Vancouver Island, was elected July 23rd as National Chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations. The new chief campaigned on a four-pillar strategy with emphasis on families and communities, treaties and rights, the economy and environment, and First Nation governance. (more…)

A new generation at Assembly of First Nations

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The lo-fi media scene visits Nanaimo

July 23rd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The lo-fi media scene visits Nanaimo)

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Tuff stuff out of the post-industrial ghost-lands of Buffalo, NY

picture 113Filmmakers Marc Moscato and David Gracon are in Nanaimo on Wednesday July 22nd to present Tuff Stuff From the Buff, a collection of underground and defiantly independent videos about their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Their Do-It-Yourself media arts community focuses on contemporary works that blur the lines between video art, personal documentary and media activism. [Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin] (more…)