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Verbatim theatre explores homelessness in Victoria

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

 Home is a Beautiful Word is the title of Joel Bernbaum’s new play on homelessness.

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Joel has a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University. His thesis topic was “Verbatim Theatre as a form of journalism”. This play is entirely made up of the words of people in Victoria, interviewed by Joel. It is running in Victoria until January 19.

“A kaleidoscopic view of a subject about which everyone has an opinion and almost no one has an answer.”

This very special project was commissioned by the Belfry Theatre, and playwright/journalist Joel Bernbaum spent over a year interviewing hundreds of people in Victoria about homelessness.
Conversations in grade four classrooms, senior citizens homes, businesses, homeless shelters and on doorsteps have been transcribed and edited into a fascinating play: a portrait of homelessness in our community, in the words of our community.

“Moving, enlightening, funny and surprising.”

Belfry Theatre Website

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The truly shocking aspect of revelations concerning the use of native children as research subjects is that we were shocked by the revelation, says author Tom Koch

picture 496Demonstrations were held across the country Thursday July 25, 2013 as a growing chorus of Canadians urged the federal government to release documents related to nutritional experiments done on aboriginal children decades ago. The protests, which varied in size, were sparked by a report published earlier in the month that said 1,300 children in northern Manitoba and at six residential schools across Canada were deprived of food and used as subjects to test the effects of minerals and vitamins in the 1940s and 1950s. [source: CTV]. (more…)

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Former prime minister Paul Martin says that the only way in which the vow of ‘never again’ can have any substance is if people have a full awareness of what happened

picture 495Food, health and nutrition historian Ian Mosby, in what he called the most difficult research project he’d ever undertaken, has revealed that between 1942 and 1952, some of Canada’s leading nutrition experts, in cooperation with various federal departments, conducted an unprecedented series of nutritional studies of Aboriginal communities and residential schools. (more…)

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Researchers say that the education of medical students should be based on the best clinical information available, rather than on commercial interests

picture 490A first-of-its kind study has analyzed the conflict-of-interest policies at the 17 medical schools across Canada. Macleans magazine reports that “overall, the researchers found policies were “permissive”—meaning most medical schools allowed interactions with sales reps, turned a blind eye to faculty’s relationships with speakers’ bureaus (so instructors who teach students may also have speaking contracts with drug companies), and failed to educate newbie doctors about conflicts of interest despite the minefield they’d be entering.” (more…)

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Campaign for the reform of cannabis policy is underway

September 12th, 2013 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

If the Sensible B.C. campaign collects over 400,000 signatures from across the province, the group says there will be a referendum in British Columbia to decriminalize marijuana possession in 2014

amanda orumA group called Sensible BC is working to decriminalize the simple possession of cannabis in British Columbia through a proposal called the Sensible Policing Act. The Sensible Policing Act would amend the Police Act, to redirect all police in the province from taking any action, including searches, seizures, citations or arrests, in cases of simple cannabis possession by adults. This would apply to all RCMP and municipal police in BC. (more…)

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“The lack of financial resources itself can lead to impaired cognitive function. The very condition of not having enough can actually be a cause of poverty.”

picture 497Poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life, according to research based at Princeton University. As a result, people of limited means are more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions that may be amplified by — and perpetuate — their financial woes. (more…)

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