Fighting Loneliness with a Community of Seniors

| Mary Romanko, 88, (at left) says the Seniors’ Activity Centre has helped her find a new social network after moving to West Vancouver from Toronto 15 years ago.  It took just one session for Ian Dowdeswell to be hooked. His wife Frances …

B.C. First Nations Evade Evacuation Orders To Fight Fires

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground, successfully protecting their homes and property. The chief of the Tl’etinqox First …

In B.C., Caregiving Takes Toll on Finances, Career, Health

| IMAGE: One million British Columbians are caring for friends or family — and paying a price because of inadequate supports. Photo by Linda Givetash. For three years, Heidi Hudson spent her days caring for her ailing father and her …

How Uganda’s economy has received a boost from hosting refugees

The number of refugees in Uganda is hitting half a million people, up by 75,000 from 2014. Many refugees like Malual are gaining financial independence because of the country’s progressive 2006 Refugee Act that allows them to work, travel and access public services including education.

Out of the shadows

In rural West Africa, this treatment takes its most violent form with those suffering from mental disorders often left outdoors in the elements, chained to trees for years on end and regularly whipped to force “evil spirits” to leave their bodies. — ALJAZEERA

Praying for a cure

In West Africa, hundreds of people with mental illness live in awful conditions. One organization is fighting for a new approach to treatment.

Happy at home

Seventy-year-old Paul Morrison is among 700,000 Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Despite the diagnosis, Morrison continues to live alone in his Vancouver home. This story is about the people and resources helping Morrison maintain his independence.