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Annual Neighbours Being Neighbours Community Gathering

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in events - (Comments Off)

Community Gathering Poster 1Join us on Saturday August 9th to celebrate community, diversity and children by encouraging neighbourliness among all people

Have fun meeting your neighbours in a family-friendly environment while enjoying live music, great food and activities for all ages. The  annual Neighbours Being Neighbours Community Gathering is hosted by Columbian Centre.

Activities include Five-in-One Bouncy Castle, Fun Swing Ride, Pony Rides, Dunk Tank  and much more. Musical guests include Trinitude and Donna Konorado.


PosterWe enthusiastically invite you to participate in the upcoming Annual Mid-Island Charity Golf Tournament, hosted by Colliers International and the Nanaimo Clippers on August 15, 2014. We are excited to announce that CBC hockey commentator Kelly Hrudey will be our special guest in addition to other hockey celebrities. Corporate representatives and community leaders will also be in attendance at the golf tournament. The weekend is as well a celebration of the Nanaimo Clippers alumni and each team of 4 will have a player from the past or present added to your team to play alongside our Fans, Season Ticket Holders, and Corporate Partners. Keep checking back for a list of special guests.


Suicide awareness for everyone

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

The importance of recognizing the signs, communicating with the person at risk and getting help or resources for the person at risk

suicide_speak_reachsafeTALK, a workshop about three hours in duration, is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.


“Find your lonely road and follow it…follow it through everything to the end of the road and then let go of that road…put it behind you…”

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In the past three years, 50 recognized Canadian Forces veterans have committed suicide directly related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their tours in Afghanistan. Put into perspective, there were 158 Canadian Soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan over the 12 year campaign. If the current rate of suicides continues, then 200 Veterans of the Afghanistan war will die by their own hand in Canada in the same time frame.

PTSD has been wounding people in the Canadian Forces, and veterans, for some time—but it seems to be taking an ever-increasing toll as Canadian veterans die by suicide and family members raise questions about the supports needed but not offered or available.


Montreal’s Radio-UP in its third broadcast year

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Inspiration for the clubhouse-based program came from Radio La Colifata of Buenos Aires, Argentina, which broadcast their shows from a psychiatric hospital

Rap-Podcast-Pic-reduced-2Radio-UP is an important part of Donald Berman UP House—a “clubhouse” affiliated with the international mental health clubhouse movement. The emergence of these clubhouses around the world demonstrates that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment and other social activities.


Do you know what’s in your food?

July 15th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

Food security includes access to healthy, affordable food; it also includes knowing what is in the food we eat

picture 563New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Murray Rankin (Victoria) recently put forward a motion in the House of Commons calling for the mandatory labeling of food products containing ingredients that have been genetically modified. The New Democrats take the position that consumers have a right to know what they are buying, that labeling genetically modified foods will allow people to make their own choices.

Endorsements for the motion have have come from industry organizations, consumer advocacy groups, prominent environmentalists and food retailers that agree people have a right to know if they are consuming GMOs.


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Farmers’ markets get it right, soar in popularity

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

The benefits of local and organic food production are huge—providing significant environmental and social benefits

picture 562“There’s no doubt people are becoming increasingly passionate about buying local, in-season food and locally produced goods,” says Elizabeth Quinn, executive director at the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets. She points to the fact that over the last several years, there’s been a 62% increase in the number of farmers’ markets in the province.

And anyone who’s a farmers’ market regular knows that in addition to locally grown food and locally made products, the markets offer a surprising variety of community activities such as live music, children’s activities, cooking classes, artisan workshops and much more.


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