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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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Crisis lines help

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

crisisphoneCrisis Line Awareness Week: March 23-29, 2014

Provincial funding has been assured through March 31, 2015, for the 1800SUICIDE (1.800.748.2433) and 310Mental Health Support (310.6789) phone lines. These are networks that enhance access to 24-hour BC crisis lines through easy to remember, toll-free numbers and routing technology that directs calls to the nearest crisis line network partner. This cost-effective service is not only life-saving, it decreases demand on overburdened police, ambulance and hospital resources.  In fact, efforts to replicate the success of these networks are currently underway at a national level across Canada.

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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.

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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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