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People’s Corner: Nanaimo harbour homes at risk

November 6th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on People’s Corner: Nanaimo harbour homes at risk)

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Danny Dolen lives on a boat in the Nanaimo Harbour. He joins us to share his concerns related to new Nanaimo Port Authority rules for live-aboards and the potential impacts on people living on their boats in the Nanaimo and Ladysmith areas and elsewhere. Where will people find affordable housing if they are forced to leave their boats?

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Á vélo pour les sans-abri

November 6th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Á vélo pour les sans-abri)

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Francophone students bike for a cause

picture 016Nanaimo high school student Joshua Cheng is on the road with other B.C. francophone students to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. He’s Nanaimo’s first participant in the second year of a bicycle event organized by the B.C. francophone school district. (more…)

Tents for the homeless?

October 30th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Tents for the homeless?)

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The Victoria ruling and its impacts

picture 014“I’m sleeping in a tent-city tonight,” David Johnson declared in an email from Victoria. Earlier that week, a BC supreme court ruling struck down Victoria bylaws making it illegal for homeless people to set up “temporary abodes” in city parks and other public spaces.

Within days, the City of Victoria responded with a new bylaw limiting the hours during which tents could be set up and police enforced the new bylaw by rousting campers at 7 a.m. (more…)

Prisoner of war: PTSD and the personal battle

October 2nd, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Prisoner of war: PTSD and the personal battle)

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picture 007Rick joined the Canadian army right out of high school. He was a dad at age 19 and a paratrooper at 20. He served with the coalition forces during Gulf War I in Kuwait and was a veteran of war by the time he turned 21.

But “something was wrong” shortly after his return from Kuwait. For over a decade, Rick suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and its destructive effects on his life. Then, he heard a story. (more…)