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Social Profiling

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Social profiling of homeless population by police and/or security services. Social profiling refers to the use of a person’s social status (in this case, their homelessness) by police or security services as a key factor in determining whether…

Canada and BC help create new Aboriginal housing

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A $5-million federal and provincial investment in Aboriginal housing initiative will create housing for Aboriginals in need within BC.  Through the Canada-British Columbia Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014, the Government…

Anonymous wealthy couple’s $30-million gift to help homeless in Vancouver

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A couple’s donation allows Taylor Manor to operate independent of government support, providing housing for 56 homeless. A $30-million philanthropic gift from an anonymous wealthy couple is allowing the City of Vancouver to reopen the long-disused…

Social Justice not about heroes—just hard work

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Jody Paterson, writer and social justice worker, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Victoria. An excerpt from her acceptance speech. They say that the thing that guides a life passion has its roots in your teen years, and…

BC overhauls employment and disability assistance programs

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Premier Clark’s changes  to BC’s income and disability assistance programs. Premier Christy Clark made changes to the province’s income and disability assistance programs Monday, loosening some rules but also tightening job-search requirements. Clark…

Victoria Human Exchange turns 20

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Victoria Human Exchange society has sheltered 400 people in emergency and supported housing, and turned 20 this year. Every few minutes, the hum of Linda’s cellphone vibrating against the table glass interrupts her words. From morning until…

Artist’s talent born on the streets

Recovering addict Evan James copes with life’s transitions through painting. Evan James says making art helped him survive five years living on the street. "I think that's the only thing that kept me going when I was homeless," he said. "It…

UWinnipeg first to offer Youth in Care tuition waivers

University of Winnipeg offers tuition waivers to students aging out of care in Canada. When she was 14-years-old, Shirley Delorme Russell and her five siblings were placed in foster care. She would change homes three times in the next several…

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