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First Unitarian joins extreme weather response in Nanaimo

December 18th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (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 media - (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…)

Harm reduction surprise

December 11th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Harm reduction surprise)

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Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter eyes a new neighbour

picture 033Nanaimo Old City Quarter businesses are crying “foul” after they were surprised by news that Nanaimo’s needle exchange program will be relocated to their neighbourhood…on January 1st.

The surprise and shock—and underlying worry—has reverberated through the Old City Quarter Association and the continuing reactions have been making news. We speak with a number of people involved in the situation. (more…)

Yoga talk: More than just exercise

December 4th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Yoga talk: More than just exercise)

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picture 030Yoga’s physical and mental practices and disciplines are increasingly popular and being adopted by many. We speak with yoga teachers Kim Leduc and Kelly Murphy about yoga and its potential benefit and/or therapeutic use in helping with addiction or mental health problems. (more…)

People’s Corner: Tents for Nanaimo’s homeless people?

November 27th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on People’s Corner: Tents for Nanaimo’s homeless people?)

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The BC supreme court decision that struck down Victoria’s bylaws preventing homeless people from camping in the city’s parks created a storm of controversy and discussion…and renewed the homelessness dilemma in the eyes of many municipal voters last month.

We’re joined by Brunie Brunie, a recent candidate for Nanaimo city council, who shares her thoughts about tents and the homeless.

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Coping talk: The holiday season isn’t always merry

November 27th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Coping talk: The holiday season isn’t always merry)

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December is almost here, and Christmas and holiday planning and activities are already underway. This time of year is commonly described as stressful and challenging…along with the more positive descriptions, of course.

What are some of the challenges of the holiday season? What can you do for self-care? Where can you go for help?

We’re joined by registered nurse Kristen Wald, of the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s mental health and addictions crisis response team.

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