Tag Archives: COVID 19

Quadra Island’s Community Garden PLots

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

At first glance, lugging around heavy water containers in a wheelbarrow or pulling weeds under the hot mid-day sun may not seem a rewarding pastime during the pandemic.

Surely weathering the COVID-19 crisis is tough enough? Why add to the burden?

But for Heather Kent, the returns from her Quadra Island, B.C., community garden plot are ample — and measured by more than just what she harvests for the table.

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IndigiNews: Let’s talk sovereignty

By Chehala Leonard, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In this weekly roundup, we share the latest news from across the Okanagan and Turtle Island. This week, let’s talk about sovereignty. In Kelsie Kilawna’s latest article, she explores what the concept actually means in response to common misconceptions and questions raised by readers. As well, we take a look at water rights and land disputes at Sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Little Falls), also known as Okanagan Falls. 

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+1500 homeless in Greater Victoria

By Francois Macone, Radio Victoria,  CILS 107.9 FM, Local Journalism  Initiative Reporter

The Regional Capital District (CRD), in partnership with the Community Social Planning Council and the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, released the results of the 2020 Greater Victoria Spot Count on Friday. It follows previous biennial counts conducted in 2016 and 2018 and is funded by the Government of Canada. As of March 11, 2020, 1,523 people were homeless in the Capital Region, compared to 1,525 on March 15, 2018.

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Is KT Tent City In Vancouver to stay?

By Tan Mei Xi, “The Pulse” @ Vancouver Co-Op Radio, CRFO 100.5 FM, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

VANCOUVER — Decrying what homeless advocates say is a lack of serious political commitment to build enough affordable homes, Vancouver’s latest incarnation of a homeless encampment — nicknamed “KT Tent City” — seems here to stay.

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The Risk Of People Going Hungry

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The risk of people going hungry in small island communities on B.C.’s West Coast is likely to go from bad to worse in the fall as the pandemic and its economic symptoms linger on and COVID-19 relief benefits end, service providers and experts say.

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