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Men’s panel takes a look at current men’s issues

October 6th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

From men’s rights to domestic violence, we convene a men’s panel to focus on current issues

picture 589When a men’s rights group working against “bigotry that is routinely practiced against men and boys in this culture” planned its first major conference this year, protesters were fighting for the event to be cancelled (see The Huffington Post). The push for “men’s rights” has for some time been a hotly-debated concept—and has been seen as a push-back against hard-won rights for women.

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Les Kurkendaal takes Nanaimo Fringe audiences to Bakersfield, California, where his lover’s family lives in all-white isolation

picture 577What happens when a man brings his male lover home to his family in Bakersfield, California, for the holidays? Oh, but this isn’t really the crux of the problem: the family has recently and grudgingly accepted their son Mike’s sexual orientation. The real problem begins as Les steps across the threshold of the family’s pricey, gated suburban home. Mike “forgot” to tell his family that his lover is an African American. [source: Cincinnati CityBeat] [image: Les at Nanaimo Museum for Nanaimo Fringe 2014]

Christmas in Bakersfield is being performed at the 2014 Nanaimo Fringe Festival, at the Nanaimo Museum venue.

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Adult-rated show at Nanaimo Fringe takes the audience into ‘jock boy’ and ‘square girl’ stereotypes, challenging everyone with questions about objectification and relationships

picture 578cSQUARE: A Stage Pornography is an erotic comedy that explores the crisis unattached people face in their late twenties.  Eternal high school jock and big-man-on-campus Thomas Pankratz is in a rut and doesn’t care.  Smug and content in his extended adolescence, he happily goes about his daily business of being lewd, crude and clueless until the warm summer’s night he gets a surprise visitor – the girl he has dismissed for twenty years as dull and “square.”

The play is being performed at the 2014 Nanaimo Fringe Festival, at the Nanaimo Museum venue.

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West Africa’s Ebola crisis is a harbinger of future outbreaks and a test of how well Canada will do against worse infections, says The Tyee’s Crawford Kilian

picture 570The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommended July 31, 2014 that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone due to an ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in the region.

Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.

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Montreal’s Radio-UP in its third broadcast year

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Inspiration for the clubhouse-based program came from Radio La Colifata of Buenos Aires, Argentina, which broadcast their shows from a psychiatric hospital

Rap-Podcast-Pic-reduced-2Radio-UP is an important part of Donald Berman UP House—a “clubhouse” affiliated with the international mental health clubhouse movement. The emergence of these clubhouses around the world demonstrates that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities.

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34 clergy and faith groups from Victoria and across Canada have signed a statement of concern about the proposed federal bill that makes buying and advertising sex illegal

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Faith leaders in Victoria and across the country are speaking out against a federal prostitution bill they say increases potential dangers for sex workers and is immoral, reports the Times Colonist. “This is a human rights issue,” Bruce Bryant-Scott, rector at St. Matthias Anglican Church, said. “We’re concerned about the health, safety and lives of sex workers.”

Bill C-36, titled the “protection of communities and exploited persons act” is now under consideration by Parliament. The bill was tabled after the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s existing prostitution laws seven months ago because they violated the Charter rights of sex workers.

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