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The Salvation Army marks a major milestone

May 16th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Salvation Army marks a major milestone)

The ‘Sally Ann’ has been serving and working in Nanaimo, and Vancouver Island, for 125 years

picture 476The Salvation Army is the largest provider of social services across Canada, outside of government. But for many ordinary Canadians, the closest they come to recognizing the “Sally Ann” is during the organization’s annual fundraising campaign during the Christmas season. That campaign, with its iconic cash pots and ringing bells, has raised funds for many years to support local Salvation Army programs. (more…)

Aboriginal prisoners often shut out of healing lodges

March 14th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Aboriginal prisoners often shut out of healing lodges)

Report on Aboriginal prisoners in Canada finds limited understanding of Aboriginal people, culture and approaches to healing within federal corrections, especially among front line staff in facilities

picture 463bA report by Canada’s Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers has found that disparities in opportunities and outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders continue to widen. Aboriginal offenders now account for 21.5% of Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) incarcerated population and 13.6% of offenders supervised in the community. The total Aboriginal offender population (community and institutional) represents 18.5% of all federal offenders. The situation of Aboriginal female offenders is even more concerning. In 2010-11, Aboriginal women accounted for over 31.9% of all federally incarcerated women,9 representing an increase of 85.7% over the last decade. (more…)

Quebec considers ‘dying with dignity’ law

January 24th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Quebec considers ‘dying with dignity’ law)

Quebec could be the first Canadian province to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives

A landmark report to the Quebec legislature in March 2012 [opens to PDF] suggested the province legalize doctor-assisted euthanasia. It recommended the Quebec government make it legal for doctors to help the terminally ill die, if they want to, under “exceptional circumstances.” The report was issued after more than two years of deliberations and public hearings. (more…)

Jim Manly’s participation in a recent mission attempting to deliver aid to Gaza helps raise awareness of needs, issues

On October 16, 2012, a tall ship called The Estelle began its voyage from Greece to Gaza, carrying citizens from a number of countries, including Parliamentarians from Greece, Norway, Spain and Sweden, and retired Canadian Parliamentarian Jim Manly. The passengers were peaceful civilians committed to non violence; they carried a cargo of aid and communications equipment—and a symbolic cargo of solidarity with struggling Gazans. (more…)

Pastor defies Abbotsford’s harm reduction ban

October 4th, 2012 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Pastor defies Abbotsford’s harm reduction ban)

Pastor Ward Draper is “bringing the church back to where it should be”—and that includes providing clean needles and pipes

Pastor Ward Draper is ministering to addicts in Abbotsford, in defiance of the municipality’s ban on harm reduction activities. Pastor Draper is the founder and executive director of The 5 and 2 ministries, the only Canadian church outside of Toronto that does needle exchange work. And it happens in a city that, according to The Province newspaper, is the only community in the country that bans needle exchange work. (more…)

A world without hate

August 16th, 2012 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on A world without hate)

Rais Bhuiyan forgave the man who tried to kill him in a hate crime, then campaigned to save him from the death penalty

Ten days after the September 11th attacks in the U.S., Texan Mark Stroman entered the gas station where Rais Bhuiyan was working, asked “Where are you from?” and then shot him in the face.  Rais, who is from Bangladesh, was one of three victims shot during Stroman’s revenge attacks on “Arabs,” and the only one to survive. (more…)