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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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Teachable moments: When does bullying become hate?

November 27th, 2008 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Teachable moments: When does bullying become hate?)

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picture 027Nearly 5,000 people joined an online Facebook campaign which urged members to “get them steel toes ready” for a day of booting last week. The website appears to have been inspired by an episode of the cartoon South Park, in which a young character called Cartman describes people with red hair as “evil” and “soulless”. Dozens of children left messages on the page claiming to have carried out attacks on the so-called “National Kick a Ginger Day” on Thursday, Nov 20. (more…)

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…)