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Racelle Kooy, with the the Green Party of Canada, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy?  Yes, however, it must be strengthened to include Guaranteed Livable Income and a Federal $15 an hour minimum wage. a) How will your party […]

Alyson Culbert, with the People’s Party of Canada, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. “I would like to thank the Downtown Service Providers for organizing this debate on these key issues for our community, and for allowing me the opportunity to participate. I am looking forward to presenting my views.” 1) If elected […]

Nikki Macdonald, with the Liberal Party, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy?  The Liberal government is committed to act as a leader and full partner in the fight against poverty. We have already taken significant action to help Canadians […]

Jordan Reichert, with the Animal Protection Party, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions. 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy? Yes, the APPC will support and continue to improve upon the poverty reduction strategy a) How will your party ensure that the new ‘Official Poverty Line’ […]

Laurel Collins, with the NDP Party, responds to the DSP 2019 election forum questions: 1) If elected will your party support the current federally legislated poverty reduction strategy? We need to have the courage to build a Canada without poverty. A Canada where no one is left behind and people know they can access the […]

Today at its Annual General Meeting the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness will appoint Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association as the board’s Community Co-Chair. Bray will replace outgoing Co-Chair Ian Batey who has served a three-year term in the role. “I want to thank Ian for his three years […]

On Saturday, February 23, Member of Parliament Randall Garrison and Member of the Legislative Assembly Mitzi Dean co-hosted a town hall on housing affordability and homelessness in Esquimalt and the Western Communities. As part of the panel discussion, Lisa Crossman, Co-Chair of the Coalition’s People With Lived Experience team and Indigenous Peer Housing Supporter, gave […]

“Being able to dream is recovery on its own.”  These are words that glued to me. In a field often associated with best care practices, do’s and don’ts, and “always been done this way” doctrines, it is easy to detach from the basic healing properties of our own profound and human selves. In an era of […]

On February 8, 2019 I was lucky to be among about 30 colleagues in the work to end homelessness in Greater Victoria who spend the day with Brian Dean Williams learning about the brain, mindfulness, our selves, and how to best support each other. This was the second of a 2-day training Brian delivered in […]

Three peninsula mayors unite in an effort to end homelessness.

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