Homeless

The North Okanagan Community Chaplaincy hopes to feed the homeless an Easter pizza and pancake feast, and is looking for support and donations. (Pixabay photo)

North Okanagan chaplains seek support to feed homeless on Easter

North Okanagan Community Chaplaincy hoping to feed pizza and pancakes to its ‘guys and gals’

The North Okanagan Community Chaplaincy hopes to feed the homeless an Easter pizza and pancake feast, and is looking for support and donations. (Pixabay photo)
UPDATE: B.C. Housing, City of West Kelowna respond to temporary winter shelter closure

UPDATE: B.C. Housing, City of West Kelowna respond to temporary winter shelter closure

Temporary winter shelters are set to close on Mar. 31

UPDATE: B.C. Housing, City of West Kelowna respond to temporary winter shelter closure
One washroom in Vernon’s downtown core will be open 24-hours for a three-month trial period. (Morning Star - file photo)

Downtown Vernon washrooms to be open 24-7 on trial basis

$24K for three-month trial brings up concerns about sleepovers

One washroom in Vernon’s downtown core will be open 24-hours for a three-month trial period. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon’s Salvation Army House of Hope will hand out limited numbers of bagged meals to those without shelter Monday to Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. starting March 23. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon’s marginalized population helped by Plan B

Social Planning Council, others team up to provide bagged meals for those without shelter

Vernon’s Salvation Army House of Hope will hand out limited numbers of bagged meals to those without shelter Monday to Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. starting March 23. (Morning Star - file photo)
This is the camp at the corner of 10th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW near Buckerfield’s where a man died in a fire that consumed a makeshift home in the early hours of Thursday, March 5. Although friends say Vinny Larson was the man killed, police say a positive identifcation will have to be completed medically. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

‘Don’t judge a person’ says friend of Salmon Arm man who died in fire

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigating fatal explosion at camp

This is the camp at the corner of 10th Avenue SW and 17th Street SW near Buckerfield’s where a man died in a fire that consumed a makeshift home in the early hours of Thursday, March 5. Although friends say Vinny Larson was the man killed, police say a positive identifcation will have to be completed medically. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A homeless youth’s belongings under a tarp and garbage bags. (From Marginalized to Magnified report photo)

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

A homeless youth’s belongings under a tarp and garbage bags. (From Marginalized to Magnified report photo)
Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)

Maggie and Tim: B.C. residential school survivor turns to faith, forgiveness in mourning son

A young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)
Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Maggie and Tim: A residential school survivor and her son who died on B.C. streets

Part one of a two-part series on a young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A fall homeless survey found there are 151 people living on the streets in Vernon, down from last year’s count of 161. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Vernon’s homeless numbers see modest decrease

An annual fall survey found there are 151 homeless people in the city compared to 161 in 2018

A fall homeless survey found there are 151 people living on the streets in Vernon, down from last year’s count of 161. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’

Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’

Victoria police chief suggests staggering welfare payments, others say solution not that simple

Welfare woes: trying to stem the ‘cheque effect’
Man sleeps on a park bench next to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, October 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. VIEWS: Getting past the homeless rhetoric

Politicians treat citizens protecting neighbourhoods as the problem

Man sleeps on a park bench next to Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, October 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)