Radio stations across North America, including CHLY, join 14-hour marathons focused on homelessness and poverty on Mon., Feb. 23. We speak with Jeremy Alderson, the U.S. founder of the Homelessness Marathon, about the event. (more…)
A new project providing mentorship for children with special needs and their families has been launched in Nanaimo. We speak with Geri Sera from Nanaimo Unique Kids about a program designed for caregivers.
“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…)
This year’s  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…)
February 1-7, 2009 is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada
Our 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…)
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.