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Family conflict often underlies youth homelessness, and many homeless youth are fleeing abuse or leaving the care of child welfare services

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Many different terms are used to describe young people who are homeless, including including street youth, street kids, runaways, homeless youth, etc. According to The Homeless Hub, youth homelessness refers to young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, and importantly, lack many of the social supports deemed necessary for the transition from childhood to adulthood.

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A women’s self-defense workshop held in late August was attended by over 20 women, prompting organizers to plan for another in September

picture 585Vancouver Island Jiu Jitsu instructor (“professor”) Robert Biernacki and colleague Cathal Walsh offered a women’s self defense workshop in the late summer to introduce concepts related to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, considered to be among the most proven methods of self defense known. Media in both the U.S. and Canada have reported a signficant increase in demand among women for self-defense workshops and courses, and gyms, police departments and colleges are responding to the demand by offering courses to students and community members.

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A recent Wisteria Lane walk-through for city officials, politicians, the media and the public gave neighbours a chance to show the progress they’ve made

picture 582Nob Hill-area residents in Nanaimo, who live along a laneway they’ve named Wisteria Lane, have applied a systematic approach to discourage drug use and prostitution in the area. It’s called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and it focuses on good design and enhancements to the built environment.

Wisteria Lane residents Tanya and Doug Hiltz, Norman Abbey, and others hosted a walk-through for city officials, the mayor and members of Nanaimo city council, MLA Leonard Krog and the public on Saturday September 13, 2014 to show the progress that has been made.

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Dynamic workshop on the psychology, theory and practical realities of self-defense for women will be hosted by Robert Biernacki and Cathal Walsh on August 24, 2014

picture 571bOn February 25, 2013, Statistics Canada released an updated version of the document Measuring Violence against Women: Statistical Trends [opens to PDF], which was commissioned by Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers responsible for the Status of Women.

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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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National initiative Partners for Mental Health

May 7th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

picture 444Every year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness, at a cost of over $50 billion to our economy. Partners for Mental Health, is a national organization that works to toward a new vision of mental health.  One part of their activity is a suicide prevention campaign, which has spawned an award winning video.

Jeff Moat, President of Partners for Mental Health joins us by phone from Ottawa.  He will tell us about their award winning video “Right By You” and the suicide prevention campaign that the video is tied to.

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