Toronto floodings, Rob Boyd on safe injection sites, and youth engagement at Black Creek Community Farm

Thursday, July 18th edition:

York Connect: News Now‘s Rachelle Chau speaks with Professor Christian Abizaid, faculty of Geography & Planning at University of Toronto, about the recent floodings in Toronto. Professor Abizaid discusses the causes of floodings and draws upon his research on the Amazon rainforest to offer ways floods can be avoided or used constructively. Listen to find out the role climate change or human activities had in the spate of floodings across Canada this summer.

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Feature Interview: “People will characterize this as the differences between supervised injection in your community or no injection in your community. That’s not really what the choice is. The choice is between supervised injection in your community or unsupervised injection. And I don’t know why anybody would support unsupervised injection in Toronto.”

In part four of News Now‘s series critically analyzing drug policy, CHRY reporter Matt Prokopiw speaks with Rob Boyd, Oasis program director at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in Ottawa. Following recent debates of opening safe injection sites in Toronto, Boyd provides insights into the benefits of supervised injection and how such facilities can help people suffering from addiction and mental illness. Listen to Boyd counter many of the rhetorical arguments made against safe injection sites and talk about the importance of harm reduction policies for public health.

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Independent Arts and Culture: Philip LiWei Chen, the youth engagement coordinator at Black Creek Community Farm, tells News Now‘s Rachelle Chau how alternative experiential education plays out on the Jane-Finch neighbourhood farm. Chen speaks on the importance of engaging youth and creating networks that promote agriculture leadership among young people in urban areas. Find out about the upcoming cultural initiatives that will be offered at the farm such as martial arts, african drumming, and reclaiming black youth identity through food justice.

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