Spoonie Life and Language

POSTED WITH PERMISSION: This article was written by Rowan Burdge, and originally appeared in DABC’s Transition magazine on Respecting Disability Language and Identity. (Summer 2022). Read the issue here. When it comes to talking about…

Annual Allowable Rent Increase for 2022

Information gathered from: Rent Increases - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) "Annual allowable rent increase for 2022 will be 1.5% Residential Tenancies: The 2022 maximum increase will be 1.5% Manufactured Home Parks: For…

How to Prepare for Raising a Child with a Disability

Access Centre is dedicated to serving disadvantaged individuals in the South Okanagan by offering help and access to various government and community services.   If you’re expecting a child with a disability, you may be unsure about…

Fixed Term Tenancies

We have been receiving a lot of phone calls with questions about fixed term tenancies, here is some information about your rights and responsibilities. A fixed term tenancy means a tenancy agreement that specifies a date for which the tenancy…

Thoughts on Penticton’s Housing Crisis

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A letter to the editor from our Poverty Law Advocate, Christie Fiebelkorn: "In my line of work, we receive countless phone calls from distressed individuals affected by the housing crisis. The calls we receive range…

Free Writings from Marginalized Voices

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Today we are sharing some downloadable 'zines'; short, independent booklets created for public distribution by Indigenous Canadians. Here is a golden opportunity to hear perspectives that are not vetted by the dominant culture, reworded or…

Support for Pathways

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In March, there was some very sad news about our partners at Pathways Addictions Resource Centre in Penticton. Interior Health is reconfiguring its mental health and addiction services and had decided not to continue…

What Does a Family Law Advocate Do?

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What is a family law advocate and what are the responsibilities and the mandate of a family law advocate? I'll start out by saying that I'm not a lawyer because I am not a member of the Law Society. I am trained by the Law Foundation of BC…

Staying Well in a State of Emergency COPING AND ADAPTING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Schools, businesses, arts and culture venues, workplaces and social services organizations closed their doors or reduced their hours and capacity. Many people lost their jobs, travel restrictions were imposed and visits to our loved ones in…

This Toronto doctor helps people get more money to improve their health

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By Leslie Young  Global News Posted May 19, 2019 6:00 am A few years ago, a woman came in to see Dr. Gary Bloch at his family medicine clinic in Toronto. She had “just terribly, terribly controlled diabetes,” he said. “Her…