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The holiday season is a time for giving back

December 17th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in fundraising | news & views - (Comments Off)

The holiday spirit is catching on. In this video, hear how Canadians have embraced giving back during this season. How will you make charitable giving part of your holiday tradition?

Season’s greetings from People First Radio

December 18th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in people first radio - (Comments Off)

End solitary confinement for teenagers

December 17th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)

17Kysel-articleLargeIan M. Kysel in The New York Times — Solitary confinement can be psychologically damaging for any inmate, but it is especially perverse when it is used to discipline children and teenagers. At juvenile detention centers and adult prisons and jails across the [United States], minors are locked in isolated cells for 22 hours or more a day. Solitary confinement is used to punish misbehavior, to protect vulnerable detainees or to isolate someone who may be violent or suicidal. But this practice does more harm than good. It should end.  Read the rest of this article at The New York Times…

RELATED | The Canadian government has faced widespread calls to limit its use of solitary confinement. The government rejected those calls. 

What it’s like to lose a daughter to an eating disorder

December 16th, 2014 | Posted by ccsadmin in news & views - (Comments Off)


“The most uncomfortable aspect of eating disorders is death,” Laia Abril told me over the phone recently. The Spanish photographer was discussing her new book, The Epilogue—a photobook that chronicles a family’s grief over the death their 26-year-old daughter, Cammy Robinson, who suffered from bulimia.  Read the rest of this story at New Republic…

On the RCMP’s YouTube channel, amid the public safety announcements and career ads, is a video titled “Peter’s story.” Added last week, the video tells the tale of Peter Neily, a constable who garnered attention a few years ago when he fired 30 shots at an armed suspect in B.C., killing him. Even though he was cleared of wrongdoing, Neily withdrew from family and friends and turned to alcohol. “This was me basically staying away from everyone, staying at home, staying out of everyone’s way and drinking myself to sleep,” he recalls in the video.   Read the rest of this story at…