Renters struggle to find homes as prices climb, availability declines

In All by Linda Givetash

This piece was featured by Huffington Post, MSN  and The Globe and Mail  VANCOUVER — Joanna Fletcher lives in a one-bedroom apartment on Vancouver’s east side with her 10-year-old son. The building has mice and mould, and her new landlord is threatening …

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Fighting loneliness with a community of seniors

In All by Linda Givetash

| 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

In All by Linda Givetash

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 …

B.C. Greens, riding high in polls, make election hard to call

In All, News by Linda Givetash

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Green Party has turned the province’s election campaign into an unpredictable three-way race as polls show a phenomenal rise in support. The centre-right Liberal Party, led by Premier Christy Clark, is seeking to hang on to power after …

Caregiving takes toll on finances, career, health

In All, Features, Health by Linda Givetash

| 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 …

Out of the shadows

In All, Health, Multimedia by Linda Givetash

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