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War on drugs, drug politics, and drug crime

March 5th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on War on drugs, drug politics, and drug crime)

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Three interviews focused on drugs, from the world-wide war on drugs to the local gangs selling illegal substances

picture 61Interviews with former provincial court judge Jerry Paradis, senator Larry Campbell, and street gangs expert Michael Chettleburgh.

Provincial courts handle about 95% of Canada’s criminal cases. Jerry Paradis is a former B.C. provincial court judge and a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAF). We speak with him about government “get tough” approaches. (more…)

A radio marathon—in an hour

February 26th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on A radio marathon—in an hour)

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Highlights from local coverage of the 7th annual Canadian homelessness radio marathon

picture 058On Monday Nanaimo’s CHLY 101.7 FM joined nearly forty radio stations across Canada and over one hundred radio stations in the U.S. in broadcasting content about homelessness and poverty issues—for 14 hours.

The national homelessness marathon in Canada was coordinated from Montreal, with participation from cities and towns across Canada. (more…)

It only takes a moment…

February 19th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on It only takes a moment…)

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Open Minds, Open Windows brings hope to the stage

picture 057A Nanaimo-based organization has been working to reduce the stigma and prejudice surrounding people with mental health issues. Open Minds Open Windows Society provides a range of supportive services to people with mental health issues, including the Beautiful Minds Choir (pictured above, from a MySpace page).

Nanaimo’s Open Minds Open Windows is hosting its gala fundraising event “It Only Takes A Moment” on Friday Feb. 27 at the Port Theatre. (more…)

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Concurrent disorders are more widespread than we realize—and in combination they make for unique challenges

Concurrent disorders—the combination of a mental illness and substance use disorder—are much more widespread than many people realize. It is generally estimated that around half of people with an addiction or mental illness will also have the other. People with concurrent disorders often fall through the cracks of the health care system. [Source: BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information] (more…)

Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Isolating prostitution is unsafe, creating vulnerability, study says)

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A new study published by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has shown that forcing prostitutes out of populated areas and into isolated locations increases violence and the spread of HIV. The most vulnerable were women who had been displaced to outlying areas due to policing or prostitution or drug charges. [Source: The Daily News] (more…)

Finding our way home: Focusing on B.C.’s housing crisis

February 12th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Finding our way home: Focusing on B.C.’s housing crisis)

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picture 054A documentary film about homelessness, based on a provincial tour by NDP MLA David Chudnovsky, was screened at a presentation earlier this week in Nanaimo. We speak with NDP MLA David Chudnovsky. (more…)