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Food Security Matters. Make Your Vote Matter Too

At LUSH Valley Food Action Society, we know how important it is to have leaders and decision-makers, across the region, that will stand up for our local communities, economies and the environment, especially as it relates to healthy food production and access. On October 8th, LUSH Valley and the Comox Valley Food Policy Council sent all candidates across the region our Food Security Briefing documents. Here are some notes on their respective platforms relating to food security:

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LETTERS TO/FROM THE EDITOR

Nōmina Wellness is breaking the Mental Health Mold with Engagement and Expertise

The Comox Valley has changed in many ways. Our local population has significantly grown in size, we're grateful that our current local government officials continue to bridge old gaps (mind the Puntledge pun), and the need for adapting our housing initiatives is driven home by almost unbelievable stories of professionals sharing basement suites with NIC students while looking for homes. And they are the fortunate ones, as too many Comox Valley residents remain homeless while incredibly engaged and qualified people work full tilt full time to find solutions to our social justice dilemmas. It is our pleasure here at Tidechange.ca to introduce you to Nomina Wellness, the new mental health facility with an inclusive, enganged multi-tiered approach to integrating those on the fringes back into the society they long to be part of.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Nōmina Wellness is breaking the Mental Health Mold with Engagement and Expertise

The Comox Valley has changed in many ways. Our local population has significantly grown in size, we're grateful that our current local government officials continue to bridge old gaps (mind the Puntledge pun), and the need for adapting our housing initiatives is driven home by almost unbelievable stories of professionals sharing basement suites with NIC students while looking for homes. And they are the fortunate ones, as too many Comox Valley residents remain homeless while incredibly engaged and qualified people work full tilt full time to find solutions to our social justice dilemmas. It is our pleasure here at Tidechange.ca to introduce you to Nomina Wellness, the new mental health facility with an inclusive, enganged multi-tiered approach to integrating those on the fringes back into the society they long to be part of.

COLUMNISTS

A New Leaf

A Vancouver-based research project gave 50 homeless people $7,500 and tracked their progress for a year. Results were compared to a control group of 65 homeless people who received typical services. Those who received the money managed it well over the course of a year. They moved into stable housing after an average of three months, compared to an average of five month for the control group. Almost 70 per cent were food secure after one month. They spent 52 per cent of their money on food and rent, 15 per cent on other items such as medications and bills, and 16 per cent on clothes and transportation. Some were even able to retain over $1,000 afterr the 12 month period.

COLUMNISTS

A New Leaf

A Vancouver-based research project gave 50 homeless people $7,500 and tracked their progress for a year. Results were compared to a control group of 65 homeless people who received typical services. Those who received the money managed it well over the course of a year. They moved into stable housing after an average of three months, compared to an average of five month for the control group. Almost 70 per cent were food secure after one month. They spent 52 per cent of their money on food and rent, 15 per cent on other items such as medications and bills, and 16 per cent on clothes and transportation. Some were even able to retain over $1,000 afterr the 12 month period.

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