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Local food bank helps youth

April 16th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Making Donations To Food BankLoaves and Fishes Community Food Bank is hoping a student-only food depot at John Barsby Secondary School will serve as a blueprint for depots in other schools.  The food depot program at the Nanaimo school supplies hampers that provide food for children for the weekend on a referral basis.

Nanaimo is known as an area with high levels of child poverty.

Alex Counsell, Operations manager at Loaves and Fishes estimates about 200-250 people a week that access Loaves and Fishes are under the age of 18 (Nanaimo News Bulletin Oct.2013, Karl Yu).

On this week’s program, we will be talking with Peter Sinclair, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, about youth poverty and food security programs to address the needs of youth living in poverty in Nanaimo.

Income levels related to health and well-being

April 9th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Ritika Goel is a family physician who completed her medical school training at McMaster University in 2008 and her family medicine residency at St. Michael’s Hospital through the University of Toronto in 2010. Her interests lie in the health and well-being of marginalized communities including those in the inner city of Toronto, rural Canada as well as internationally.

She believes that health is a human right and should be made accessible to all.  She is a blogger at The Huffington Post and at Right to Health, and a member of the steering committee for the Medical Reform Group, an organization of physicians, medical students and others committed to ensuring access to high quality health care for all Canadians.

Tune in to People First Radio on CHLY 101.7FM this Thursday at noon, for a conversation with Ritika Goel about how income levels are tied to health and longevity and how our individual and collective health would improve if we raised the income level of the poorest and most marginalized members of our society.

Effective response to youth homelessness

March 26th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

This week on People First Radio, we speak again with researcher, Dr. Stephen Gaetz. This time the focus will be on effective responses to youth homelessness.

gaetzStephen Gaetz is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and is the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub.   He is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian Response to homelessness.  He has published a book on community-based responses to youth problems in Ireland, and numerous articles in a wide range of journals. Prior to his time at York University, Dr. Gaetz worked in the Community Health Sector, both at Shout Clinic (a health clinic for street youth in Toronto) and Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto.  He was interviewed in September 2012 on People First Radio about “Housing First” as a remedy for homelessness.

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The following is the post from September 2012:

It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that it is cheaper and more cost effective to provide people who experience homelessness with the housing and supports they need, rather than simply provide them with emergency supports through shelters and soup kitchens. But research reviewed by Stephen Gaetz of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network indicates that this is actually the case.

The best social and economic policies should be based on research and evidence, and in this case, the evidence points to the fact that if we do things differently, we not only achieve better social outcomes, but we also save money. (more…)

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Trixie Hennessey: BC’s eating disorders awareness week

January 29th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

The beginning of February marks the start of the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign. On this week’s People First Radio broadcast on January 30,2014, we feature interviews with people from different aspects of this important work.

Trixie Hennessey is the program coordinator of the Woodstone Residence, a residential treatment program for young women, located on Galiano Island.

She will tell us about their history and programs.

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Amy Pezzente: BC’s eating disorders awareness week

January 29th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

The beginning of February marks the start of the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign. On this week’s People First Radio broadcast on January 30,2014, we feature interviews with people from different aspects of this important work.

Amy Pezzente is the coordinator for the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign, visiting schools to talk about eating disorders and body image as well as hosting eating disorders activities and events throughout the year.

 

 

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Jeremy Loveday’s YouTube message implores men to speak up and act against sexual violence, generating thousands of views, links from political leaders, and some controversy

picture 505Performance poet, community builder, change agent. Those are the words Victoria poet Jeremy Loveday uses to describe himself on Twitter and Facebook. And recently, with one YouTube video, Loveday has drawn on all three of those callings.

Masks Off—A Challenge to Men [opens to video] is a passionate call to action from a man, to other men, to end sexual violence against women. As noted in the Victoria Times-Colonist, “the video’s appearance online is timely given recent reports about the use of chants advocating rape at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and the University of B.C. during frosh events, but Loveday penned the poem months ago.” Loveday wrote the challenge to men for the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Victoria in May 2013. (more…)

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