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Local filmmaker sounds the alarm on partnership deals

February 5th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Local filmmaker sounds the alarm on partnership deals)

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picture 050“The Nanaimo filmmaker who exposed police ‘provocateurs’ to the world premieres his feature film about the Security Prosperity Partnership at Vancouver Island University. Paul Manly’s latest film You, Me, and the S.P.P: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule will premiere Thursday (Feb. 5), 7 p.m., at the Malaspina Theatre at VIU.” [Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin]

What effects will international agreements such as the S.P.P. and the Trade Investment Labour Mobility Agreement have on the health and social wellbeing of Canadians? (more…)

The single transferable vote and potential impacts on social issues

February 5th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The single transferable vote and potential impacts on social issues)

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picture 049This year’s [2009] B.C. provincial election will include a referendum on whether or not B.C. citizens want to adopt a new electoral system based on the concept of a “single transferable vote”. In our first look at the upcoming provincial election in May, we revisit the “STV” and look at how its adoption might affect social policy and social issues. (more…)

Eating disorders are on the rise

January 29th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Eating disorders are on the rise)

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February 1-7, 2009 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada

picture 046Our society’s preoccupation with body image is reflected in the fact that, at any given time, 70% of women and 35% of men are dieting. More seriously, a 1993 Statistics Canada Survey reported that in women between the ages of 15 and 25, 1-2% have anorexia and 3-5% have bulimia.

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with 10% to 20% eventually dying from complications. Eating disorders also cross cultural, racial and socio-economic boundaries, and affect men and women. These potentially life-threatening conditions are also a growing problem. (more…)

Coastal Health program helps Aboriginal patients navigate the health system

January 29th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Coastal Health program helps Aboriginal patients navigate the health system)

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A new program designed to help Aboriginal patients access and navigate their way through Vancouver Coastal health launched on January 20th. Aboriginal Patient Navigators will provide referral, advocacy and support to patients to ensure access to appropriate health care and community services.

We speak with Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, about the new program.

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Federal government promises spending for impoverished First Nations

January 29th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Federal government promises spending for impoverished First Nations)

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“The federal Conservatives will spend an extra $1.4 billion on Aboriginal issues—mostly to help Canada’s impoverished native reserves—in the budget that is covering everything from sea ports to railways. Aboriginal leaders, accustomed over many years to budget-day disappointment, were hopeful that a summit this month with Prime Minister Stephen Harper would see their issues addressed.” [Source: The Globe and Mail]

We speak with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, about the potential impacts of the federal budget announced Tuesday. (more…)

Homelessness on film, by Victoria’s Movie Monday

January 22nd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Homelessness on film, by Victoria’s Movie Monday)

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picture 045Victoria’s popular Movie Monday film series presents a weekend of films and forums about homelessness this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (January 24-26th). It begins Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with special guest Judy Graves, Vancouver’s city housing advocate and a screening of The Cats of Mirikitani. Several more films will be screened and then the weekend winds up on Monday at 6:30 p.m. with Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel, along with a live telephone discussion with the filmmaker Derreck Roemer. (more…)