5 Questions about Poverty: Halifax Public Libraries

We are moving out of the country and into downtown Halifax! Our contributor on this 5 Questions about Poverty theme is from Sara Gillis. Sara is a Librarian at the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, a branch Halifax Public Libraries. Public libraries, as the name denotes, are public spaces, serving a wide range of clients, among them those struggling with poverty. […]

5 Questions about Poverty: Hampers for Health, part 2

This is the second part of Heather Howard’s answers to our five questions about poverty. Heather works with Hampers for Health. Heather speaks about poverty from a very personal perspective.

What are some of the changes you’d like to see – from a policy perspective, from a community perspective?

I think low income housing needs […]

5 Questions about Poverty: Hampers for Health, part 1

On the blog this week we are pleased to have Heather Howard from Hampers for Health. Heather’s perspectives is unique from our last two contributors because she speaks about poverty from a very personal perspective. Heather’s answers are longer but worthy of your time to read, so we are going to break up this segment […]

5 Questions about Poverty: Women’s Place Resource Centre

Welcome back to the next installment in our 5 Questions about Poverty, where we asked various community leaders about the impact of poverty in their work. As you’re reading these, I hope you consider these questions in your own work, your community, your life.

This week’s our contributor is Ivy Verhoeckx, Program Coordinator of Women’s […]

5 Questions about Poverty: Annapolis County Family Resource Centre

Our first contributor to this month’s series is Wendy Knowlton, Executive Director, Family Matters, Annapolis County Family Resource Centre. She’s first up to answer 5 questions about poverty. How does poverty impact on your work? How does it play out in what you see everyday?

Part of our mandate is to provide services, programs and […]

Asking questions about poverty

Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized by fools. JK Rowling

When we are not together talking pop health, members of the TriPop group are […]

We’re not smoke-free yet

Liz Fraser, Addictions Prevention, South Shore Health

I recently facilitated a workshop about addiction and harmful use of alcohol, drugs, and gambling. During one presentation, the group were asked about the most common drugs used by Nova Scotian youth. Alcohol and marijuana were easily identified as the top two substances. But even with prompting about […]

Promoting Healthy Social Norms during the Holidays

By Sarah Anstey – Dietetic Intern, Acadia University

It’s that time of year again and no, I’m not talking about getting all jazzed up for the holidays. I’m talking about the months from September to December when sun and fun move out and candy companies move in. September hits and we’re suddenly surrounded by Halloween […]

Your State of Mind

Julie Himmelman, Acadia University Dietetic Intern

An article that appeared in the September 2012 issue of MacLean’s magazine titled, “The Broken Generation” stood out for me as a recent university graduate. I connected with the article as it spoke about the obstacles and pressures university students experience these days. It was interesting to look into […]

It isn’t one or the other … it is both!

By: Deanna Beck, Health Promoter

In a recent Macleans magazine article (Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 –http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/08/14/sir-michael-marmot-on-why-all-matters-are-health-matters/, Sir Michael Marmot spoke about the determinants of health and why virtually everything is a health matter. He recognized the issues early on in his medical career, when he treated patients with medication but sent them back to environments […]