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Mean Streets: Nowhere else to go

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Written By Fran Yanor
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Part 1 of 3 – If not prison, then where? A small group of British Columbians are homeless, addicted, mentally ill, and trapped in a loop of repeating criminal behaviour. With the ongoing illicit drug overdose and addiction crisis, brain injuries and psychotic disorders are on the rise. The situation on the streets is worsening. […]

Premier pivots on holding youths after overdose; grieving parents struggle with “broken”…

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Written By Rob Shaw
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When Rachel Staples found her 16-year-old son Elliot Eurchuk dead from a drug overdose in the bedroom of their Victoria home in 2018, she channelled her trauma and grief into becoming an outspoken advocate for change to B.C.’s addictions treatment system. Staples took her son’s story public to call for more youth treatment resources, as […]

Indigenous communities must decide leadership question for themselves

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Written By Keith Norbury
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One day, Bob Joseph will become a hereditary chief of the Gwawa’enuxw, one of 18 tribes of  Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people on northern Vancouver Island. The founder and president of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., Joseph develops training programs on such topics as consulting, engaging and negotiating with Indigenous peoples. He has also written or co-authored books with titles like 21 Things You May Not […]

Terrace: Unchecked crime, a “community in crisis”

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Written By Fran Yanor
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Cameron Golder was serving a customer in the clothing boutique where she works in downtown Terrace, B.C., when a man passed by the store’s front window. Dressed in dark clothing, he had two black eyes and wore a glove with chains across the knuckles. A stick jutted out of his backpack. “He looked rough,” Golder […]