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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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