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Building Students Into Citizens

Building Students into Citizens is a two-part project designed to strengthen communities and inspire the future of our democracy. CIVIX will equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to build the habits of informed and engaged citizenship among youth. British Columbia schools and students have only ever participated in Student Vote federal and provincial elections. With the average voter turnout at municipal elections well below 50%, it is crucial that youth develop a greater understanding of local government and their rights and responsibilities as citizens. This fall, CIVIX will recruit and support teachers in the delivery of the first ever Student Vote local election in BC. More than 25,000 students under the voting age will learn about the electoral process and local issues, and participate in an authentic vote on the official candidates in their municipality. Following the local elections, CIVIX will bring together teachers for a professional development conference to share best practices, improve instructional capacity and inspire a desire to build students into citizens.

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Food as harm reduction: the health effects of food provision for PWUD (Co-lead researchers: Rosalind Baltzer Turje, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Dr. Eugene McCann, SFU)

This research will explore the role that food provision plays in mitigating risks that people who use drugs experience (PWUD). Using a risk environment framework operationalized through research with organizations who offer harm reduction services, we have identified a number of factors that contribute to, or are a result of food insecurity among drug users: 1) Physical effects including poor nutrition, disordered eating, increased risk of dietary related disease, poorer mental health, and increased exposure to pathogens; 2) Social effects from accessing food in socially inappropriate ways, stigma and loss of dignity; and 3) Economic effects, including the inability to afford enough healthy food, trade-offs between housing and food, and reliance on free meal programs. Utilizing a community-based research framework, this project will explore the ways in which food provision can mitigate the physical, social and psychological harms associated with drug use. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help to develop, implement, interpret, and disseminate the research. We will develop an understanding of the role that food plays in the lives of PWUD, the barriers they experience in accessing food and the potential role that food programs can play in reducing drug-related harms. By connecting with stakeholders, including PWUD, service providers and policy makers, we will develop peer education, a toolkit for social service providers and a strategy for informing policy-makers. (Research Team: Alison McIntosh, SFU; Cristina Tenemos, SFU; Dr. Christiana Miewald, UVIC; Rani Wangsawidjaya, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation; Patrick McGougall, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation)

Ecojustice Canada Society

A Tale of Two Pipelines: Securing Legal Protections for British Columbia

Ecojustice represented Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Living Oceans Society and ForestEthics Advocacy at National Energy Board (NEB) hearings for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipelines. We submitted expert evidence on environmental threats and argued the project was not in the public interest. In July, the federal government approved the project, and we have now brought three legal actions: one alleging the review panel’s recommendation was based on a flawed environmental assessment and two challenging government approval and NEB certificates to authorize the project. Ecojustice is also representing Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society in the regulatory review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. We will focus on environmental risks while raising awareness of barriers to a transparent and participatory process. As a result of 2012 amendments to the National Energy Board Act, the review is compressed and will not include cross examinations or community hearings. We have been preparing for Kinder Morgan’s formal project application since 2011.

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Communities, Water & Carbon: Mitigating shale gas impacts in northeast BC

Shale gas development in northeast BC will significantly increase with the emergence of an export-oriented LNG industry. At the same time, the current regulatory framework is insufficient to protect communities from the negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Initial conversations with First Nations and community leaders in the northeast indicate that impacted communities would welcome information to enhance understanding of technologies, policies and best practices that could reduce the impact on water (quality and quantity – which are serious local concerns) and climate (GHG emissions). We propose to undertake research and engagement to reduce upstream shale gas development impacts in northeast BC: to provide accessible research findings and communications tools to First Nations and communities; to undertake coordinated outreach to strengthen networks across the north and to increase public awareness across the province; and to promote policies and practices with the provincial government and industry in collaboration with leaders in northeast BC.

Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living

Rotary at Work BC

Participating Rotary Clubs take on the role of educating their members and businesses about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and the importance of creating stronger and more vibrant communities.Once a business considers filling vacancies with people who have a disability, Rotary at Work will connect employers to local employment agencies.The Rotary Liaison will create and manage a database of Supported employment agencies that are equipped to match job seekers to postions. The website is designed to educate and provide a seamless way for employers to request supported employment services in their area.Once the employer registers their services request the Rotary Liaison will match a Supported Employment service which will collaborate to;locate potential candidates who have a disability,pre-screening these candidates,provide on-the-job training,assist with workplace accommodations and provide on-going support.Rotary Clubs recognize the benefits of people who have a disability. Tapping into this labour pool is good business.

Tides Canada Initiatives

Reconciliation Canada - New Way Forward

Reconciliation Canada is engaging Canadians in reconciliation through experiential transformative change processes delivered by the following: Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops & Action Plans Targeted at community and organizational leaders, these workshops provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, build relationships and develop reconciliation action plans. Workshops will include a youth specific stream. Leadership Training & Core Competencies Assessment - Targeted to existing and emerging youth, community and organization leaders to develop reconciliation values-based leadership skills. In conjunction Reconciliation Canada will assist organizations with assessments of core reconciliation competencies and development of roadmaps to guide reconciliation initiatives. Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Dialogue & Action Plans - Workshops focused on economic reconciliation bring together stakeholders for creative dialogue to build meaningful partnerships and the co-development of Sustainable Economic Reconciliation Action Plans.

Hartley Bay Great Bear LIVE

The Gitga’at First Nation, located in Hartley Bay on the north coast of B.C., have developed land and marine use plans for their territory that include as key principles: protecting ecosystem integrity, ensuring their unique and rich culture is preserved and enhancing their capacity to engage in research and resource management. Gitga’at entities have requested that PWI collaboratively develop and deploy a Great Bear LIVE remote camera project in Gitga’at territory. Great Bear LIVE is a technologically advanced remote monitoring system developed by PWI to monitor terrestrial and marine wildlife through video and audio which can be streamed live online for broader public engagement and education. This project will meet 2 key community-identified objectives: 1. To employ non-invasive research and broad-based public education tools to further environmental protection, understanding and long term monitoring of Gitga’at traditional territory. 2. To engage and prepare youth as future stewards of Gitga’at territory by providing training in technology,wildlife monitoring and stewardship.

UBC - Okanagan

An Action Plan for Sustainability of TCARE: Building Health-Care Navigation

This new project, adapted from the innovative nurse-led navigator TCARE project funded by Vancouver Foundation in 2013-2014, will now sustain a volunteer model for care. The purpose of this project is to pilot the use of trained volunteers who are partnered with a nurse mentor, to provide navigation services for older adults living in rural communities with life-limiting chronic illness. These rural, older adults often live isolated in the community with little knowledge of, or access to, vital services. The navigation concept is an innovative model for addressing their needs, and there are now a set of navigation competencies to guide this new role. After receiving specialized training, volunteers will provide navigation services to frail, rural, older adults for one year. In their navigation role, they will: advocate for the patient and family; facilitate connections with the community; coordinate access to services and resources; and facilitate active engagement. A comprehensive evaluation of the feasibility and acceptability of the volunteer navigator role will be conducted.