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Manjit and Suman Virk honoured for work against bullying and violence
06 Nov, 2009 | 0:16:07 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

In the twelve years since their daughter, Reena Virk, was murdered in Victoria, British Columbia, Manjit and Suman Virk have made their work against bullying and violence a top priority. On Monday November 2nd B.C.'s Solicitor General Kash Heed presented the Virks with the Anthony J. Hulme Award of Distinction--the province's highest honour for community safety and crime prevention.
Transgendered youth, adults face social and medical challenges
15 Oct, 2009 | 0:14:52 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Transgender Canadians are coming out at younger ages than ever before, raising a range of questions about sensitive issues related to gender and identity.* We speak with Dr. Gail Knudson, medical director of the transgender health program with Vancouver Coastal Health, about some of the key medical and social challenges faced by transgendered people. *Source: The Globe and Mail, “Agents...
Ordained minister tells church that he is a transgendered man
15 Oct, 2009 | 0:15:45 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

An ordained minister with over 27 years of service in the U.S. United Methodist Church shared with his congregation August 30th that he was born a girl and became a transgendered man over thirty years ago. Rev. David Weekley’s story has thrust him into the public eye and earned him a national award for his work and example in the...
Do autism cuts make any sense?
09 Oct, 2009 | 0:26:08 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Several mothers of children with autism have become activists—and are challenging the B.C. Liberal government’s recent decision to reallocate funding from an early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) program. EIBI provides intensive early interventions that parents argue are effective—and that research suggests is cost-effective. Children and families minister Mary Polak announced the province will cut the $70,000-a-year EIBI program that has...
Suzy Wedge’s personal journey
09 Oct, 2009 | 0:17:20 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Last New Year’s day, Suzy Wedge embraced femininity by becoming a trans-person for the first time. Her decision was followed by creative wave of song-writing, and Suzy Wedge and the Waves was born. As the band’s new CD—Transgression—is about to be released, we speak with Suzy Wedge about gender, identity, and music—and her personal experiences as a trans-person living in...
The prison suicide of Ashley Smith brings corrections deficiencies to light
02 Oct, 2009 | 0:14:37 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Ashley Smith was a troubled teen from Moncton, N.B. who had been assessed by child psychologists several times in her youth, and was in constant trouble with the law. She was eventually placed in Ontario’s Grand Valley Institution for Women, a federal prison, when she was 18. In the twelve months that she was incarcerated, Ashley attempted suicide several times before finally...
A short interview with Howard Sapers
02 Oct, 2009 | 0:09:59 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Canada’s federal correctional investigator, Howard Sapers, has released a report detailing the Correctional Service of Canada’s ongoing dealings with mentally ill prisoners. The investigator said that “security practices continue to trump clinical needs in the care and custody of offenders with mental health problems.� Mr. Sapers had earlier chronicled the systemic failures that led to the death, by suicide, of...
Personal awareness campaign might just go viral
17 Sep, 2009 | 0:15:53 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

A self-described former ‘bad-ass’, Andrea Paquette only discovered at age 26 that she had bipolar disorder, a diagnosis that helped her understand much of what had been happening over her life. One of Andrea’s current missions is to reach out to others with mental illness—young people and students in particular—and work to end stigma. She’s also a firm believer in...
Roundtable on Aboriginal risks & frontline work
14 Sep, 2009 | 0:18:38 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Last month one of Saskatchewan’s medical officers of health made a startling prediction, warning that HIV could kill from 15 to 30 percent of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal population over five to ten years. While public health officials in that province have backed away from what has been described as a worst-case scenario, there is clearly concern about infection rates—among Aboriginal peoples...
Turns out it's not so easy being a boy after all
10 Sep, 2009 | 0:10:13 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

A recent study has suggested that the unique problems and difficulties faced by boys are often left unrecognized and untreated. University of Alaska, Fairbanks professor Judith Kleinfeld has spent four decades studying gender and education. Her study, published in the Journal of Gender Issues, goes beyond the usual scholastic indicators to include mental health, premature death, injury, delinquency, and arrests,...
Group aims to provide role models, healthy mentoring
10 Sep, 2009 | 0:14:11 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Challenges boys face today seem greater than ever before. Boys to Men Mentoring Network was created to guide boys aged 13-17 through their passage to manhood. The organization believes that boys have had too few positive role models and far too many negative examples of masculinity. Its mission is to help boys become better men. One of their programs is...
Focus on a major preventable cause of premature death
04 Sep, 2009 | 0:21:03 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Suicide is a leading cause of death for people worldwide, and one of the three leading causes of death for young people under 25. Suicide has biological, cultural, social and psychological risk factors but despite its often complex origins, suicide can be prevented. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for all sectors of the community to focus public attention...
Hungry ghosts and the responsibilities of society
04 Sep, 2009 | 0:24:11 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Physician, author, and advocate Gabor Maté visited Nanaimo to speak about his book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. His work in Vancouver includes the Insite supervised injection site. We speak with Dr. Gabor Maté about 12-step programs, ecological perspectives, society’s responsibility and other topics. This segment first aired December 4, 2008 and was rebroadcast August...
Curtis Brick's tragic death raises the issue of systemic racism
27 Aug, 2009 | 0:15:54 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Curtis Brick died last month after lying in the sun at a Vancouver park on one of the hottest days the city had seen all summer. Curtis Brick was a homeless aboriginal man. Though the park was filled with people, he lay for seven hours until an aboriginal outreach worker intervened and called 911. Now questions about the way Curtis...
Vancouver Island University Clemente Course preps for fall
07 Aug, 2009 | 0:12:03 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

The Clemente Course in the Humanities, first offered at Bard College in the U.S., grew out of the fact that many low-income residents had had limited access to college education and no opportunity to study the humanities. Since its introduction to Vancouver Island University, the course teaches literature, philosophy and art history to people at risk of homelessness, physical and...
Interview with William Yoachim
04 Aug, 2009 | 0:17:45 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Shawn Atleo, the hereditary chief of the Ahousaht nation on Vancouver Island, was elected July 23rd as National Chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations. The new chief campaigned on a four-pillar strategy with emphasis on families and communities, treaties and rights, the economy and environment, and First Nation governance. Chief Atleo is also Chancellor of Vancouver Island University. VIU...
Navigating the space between brilliance and madness
24 Jul, 2009 | 0:14:50 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Will Hall is a 43-year-old man who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Doctors have prescribed medication for him. “But Hall would rather value his mentally extreme states than try to suppress them, so he doesn’t take his meds. Instead, he practices yoga and avoids coffee and sugar.� Will is also a member of The Icarus Project—an Icarista—and is involved in...
Poet's voice returns after a decade
24 Jul, 2009 | 0:14:22 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Kim Goldberg is an author, poet, photographer and art activist. She has penned five full-length books, over 2,000 articles, and various chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in North America. Between 1997 and 2005, her writer’s voice disappeared and when it returned, “new poems started to pour forth.� Kim told the Nanaimo News Bulletin that the...
Homeless men share experiences, hopes
24 Jul, 2009 | 0:14:32 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

In the fall of 2007, outreach nurse Donna Kelly recognized that books had often become the common ground between her and her homeless patients. From her original idea, a book club was developed for residents at the 2100 Lakeside Shelter for Men in Cleveland, Ohio and later in Joseph’s Home, a transitional shelter for homeless people. The homeless health literacy...
Tuff stuff out of the post-industrial ghost-lands of Buffalo, N.Y.
24 Jul, 2009 | 0:42:16 |
EN | Kevin Midbo | People First Radio

Filmmakers Marc Moscato and David Gracon were in Nanaimo on July 22nd (as part of their bicycle tour of the Pacific northwest this summer) to present Tuff Stuff From the Buff, a collection of underground and defiantly independent videos about their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Their Do-It-Yourself media arts community focuses on contemporary works that blur the lines between video...
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