People First Radio

People First Radio is an education and awareness program broadcast on traditional radio and in online podcasts.

People First Radio
People First Radio
'Turn off the tap' - addressing homelessness prevention
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  • 'Turn off the tap' - addressing homelessness prevention

    'Turn off the tap' - addressing homelessness prevention

    Feb 19, 2024 • 28:17

    In conversation with Stephen Gaetz, president and CEO of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, and a professor at Toronto’s York University. Gaetz says that in Canada and the U.S., there are more people coming into homelessness than there are exiting it. He was recently part of a webinar on homelessness…

  • People First Radio - February 15, 2024

    People First Radio - February 15, 2024

    Feb 15, 2024 • 57:00

    In conversation with Stephen Gaetz of The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.

  • One year after finding housing, Guelph man shares experience of homelessness

    One year after finding housing, Guelph man shares experience of homelessness

    Feb 14, 2024 • 22:51

    Greg Dorval has been housed for around a year after being unhoused for around the same amount of time. He’s recently set up a tent outside the courthouse in Guelph On. as a form of civil protest in solidarity with those currently experiencing homelessness in the community.

  • Here with you - a mom's journey through love, family, and addiction

    Here with you - a mom's journey through love, family, and addiction

    Feb 9, 2024 • 33:33

    Kathy Wagner shares her experiences finding hope and healing through her son Tristan’s addiction, recovery relapse, and death. She’s told her story in the memoir Here With You.  

  • People First Radio - February 08, 2024

    People First Radio - February 08, 2024

    Feb 8, 2024 • 57:00

    In conversation with Kathy Wagner, who shares her journey finding hope and healing as she experienced her son Tristan’s addiction, recovery, relapse, and death. Her story is also recounted in the memoir Here With You. Greg Dorval of Guelph, Ont. shares perspectives from a year experiencing homelessness, which has led…

  • Elite youth athlete mental health

    Elite youth athlete mental health

    Feb 5, 2024 • 14:00

    The University of Toronto’s Katherine Tamminen says that we don’t know much about the mental health of young people involved in high level sport. “There is a lack of research on the mental health of elite youth athletes compared to adult athletes who are at those elite levels,” she said.…

  • The Best Place

    The Best Place

    Feb 1, 2024 • 57:00

    The Best Place On Earth, that was British Columbia’s slogan for a while. It even showed up on license plates leading up to the Vancouver Olympics. Around the same time, Danya Fast was embarking on a project that would span the next fifteen years of her life. Her goal was…

  • People First Radio - February 01, 2024

    People First Radio - February 01, 2024

    Feb 1, 2024 • 57:00

    In conversation with Danya Fast about The Best Place: Addiction, Intervention, and Living and Dying Young in Vancouver.

  • Lawyer raises concerns over RTA changes for supportive housing

    Lawyer raises concerns over RTA changes for supportive housing

    Jan 28, 2024 • 26:09

    A Vancouver lawyer has concerns that changes to residential tenancy regulation in B.C. could erode the dignity of people living in supportive housing. The province is amending residential tenancy regulation to exempt supportive housing units from sections of the residential tenancy act that prohibit blanket guest policies and wellness checks.…

  • BC's public drug use legislation and the courts

    BC's public drug use legislation and the courts

    Jan 28, 2024 • 11:27

    Legislation that sought to ban public drug use in a number of spaces in British Columbia is currently in limbo following a decision from B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson. The Restricting Public Consumption of Illegal Substances Act was passed in the legislature late last year and if not…

People First Radio is a weekly one-hour radio broadcast to educate and raise awareness about issues related to health and wellness — with a particular emphasis on topics related to mental illness and mental health, homelessness and housing, and addiction, harm reduction and recovery.

It’s currently broadcast weekly from Nanaimo, B.C. on CHLY 101.7 FM, Victoria, B.C. on CFUV 101.9FM, and Saint John, New Brunswick on CFMH 107.3 FM. People First Radio is produced and presented by Joe Pugh.

 

The program is also available as a podcast, click below to listen and subscribe to People First Radio on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify.

 

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