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Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)

Maggie and Tim: B.C. residential school survivor turns to faith, forgiveness in mourning son

A young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Maggie Smith on Feb. 2, 2020 in front of the building she lived in as a young girl from 1968 to 1971 at St. Mary’s Residential School in Mission. (Facebook)
Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Maggie and Tim: A residential school survivor and her son who died on B.C. streets

Part one of a two-part series on a young man’s tragic death and his mother’s survival through hardship

Flanked by her daughter Sarah and eldest son Jared, Maggie Smith holds a photograph of her son Tim Postma who died on the streets of Chilliwack on Jan. 22, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Victoria’s first Coldest Night of the Year raised funds for Our Place Society. This year, Sooke will host its own walk. (Black Press Media)

The Coldest Night of the Year comes to Sooke

National event helps those who are hungry and homeless

Victoria’s first Coldest Night of the Year raised funds for Our Place Society. This year, Sooke will host its own walk. (Black Press Media)
Mary-Jane Sabbas and Clay Raymond got a three-day ban from Our Place for inappropriate behaviour. During extreme weather protocol activation, however, shelters cannot ban people. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Mary-Jane Sabbas and Clay Raymond got a three-day ban from Our Place for inappropriate behaviour. During extreme weather protocol activation, however, shelters cannot ban people. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of jackets claimed at Cool Aid Society’s 12th Annual Coat Giveaway

Donations from the community were given to hundreds of people in need

Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich Subway offers free sandwiches to homeless on Christmas Day

The Wilkinson Road location will be offering free sandwiches between 10 and 11 a.m.

  • Dec 23, 2019
A Saanich subway store owner is paying out of pocket to make sure people who are homeless get fed on Christmas Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident helps collect 100,000 pairs of socks for the homeless

Michael Bloomfield has worked on the Socks Project for 12 years

Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A 2.4-metre high fence with spikes on top was installed at the 844 Johnson St. building in 2017. BC Housing did not have a permit to put the fence up, which is double the height permitted by local bylaws. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

‘Fortress-like’ fence keeping Victoria and BC Housing divided

The 2.4-metre fence is double the permitted height and topped with spikes

A 2.4-metre high fence with spikes on top was installed at the 844 Johnson St. building in 2017. BC Housing did not have a permit to put the fence up, which is double the height permitted by local bylaws. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
John Daescuion enjoys a thanksgiving lunch at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

More than 600 people enjoy Thanksgiving lunch at Victoria’s Our Place

Community members and volunteers cook and serve the holiday favourite

John Daescuion enjoys a thanksgiving lunch at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)

Mobile palliative care team launches for downtown Victoria’s homeless population

UVic, Cool Aid, Victoria Hospice and Island Health team up for end-of-life care services

Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)
Willi Boepple’s truck is her last personal asset after she was evicted from her home on the Saanich Peninsual. She’s afraid a wave of parking tickets will force her to lose her car. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria woman experiencing homelessness wants systematic changes as she faces losing her truck

Willi Boepple fears losing one of her last possessions after being inundated with parking tickets

Willi Boepple’s truck is her last personal asset after she was evicted from her home on the Saanich Peninsual. She’s afraid a wave of parking tickets will force her to lose her car. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
A person sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. In 2018, Jay W. struggled with homelessness but found the abundant resources to be instrumental in getting him back to his feet. (Black Press file photo)

‘Best in the country’: Formerly homeless man praises Victoria’s outreach services

Jay W. was living on the streets of downtown Victoria in 2018

A person sleeps at vacant commercial property in downtown Victoria. In 2018, Jay W. struggled with homelessness but found the abundant resources to be instrumental in getting him back to his feet. (Black Press file photo)
Doug Sunray is a driver with the Living Edge Community, which transports donated produce and sets up free farmer’s style markets six days per week. The organization’s van is on its last legs. (File contributed/ Deborah Price)

Victoria charity desperate for new van to deliver free groceries

The Living Edge Community runs free farmers’ style markets six days per week

Doug Sunray is a driver with the Living Edge Community, which transports donated produce and sets up free farmer’s style markets six days per week. The organization’s van is on its last legs. (File contributed/ Deborah Price)
Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place, pulls out one of the plastic totes in the new storage facility. The facility allows people to keep up to 50 pounds worth of possessions in a safe, dry space. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: New storage facility opens at Victoria’s Our Place

The new building allows people without homes to store their possessions in a safe and dry place

Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place, pulls out one of the plastic totes in the new storage facility. The facility allows people to keep up to 50 pounds worth of possessions in a safe, dry space. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Most patrons of Cool Aid have access to cellphones. (File photo)

Changing Times: Cellphones are necessary for Victoria’s homeless population

Most people living on the streets still have access to technology

Most patrons of Cool Aid have access to cellphones. (File photo)
Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

Tent camp in Nanaimo has attracted up to 300 people. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Our Place Society is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as winter approaches. (Pixabay)

Homeless Action Week: Our Place Society asking for blankets, sleeping bags

The fundraiser is off to a slow start as the days get colder

Our Place Society is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as winter approaches. (Pixabay)
Evelyn Louie (left) gets a flu shot from public health nurse Michelle Secord at the Project Connect 2018 fair. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News staff)

One-stop shop service fair in Victoria connects people with resources needed

Project Connect 2018 brought together dozens of service providers for homeless, low-income communities

Evelyn Louie (left) gets a flu shot from public health nurse Michelle Secord at the Project Connect 2018 fair. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News staff)
(Black Press Media)

Cold weather shelters in Victoria to open Oct. 1

A 25-bed shelter at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre will provide shuttle services, meals and showers

(Black Press Media)
Robert Jarvis is a senior support care worker at Cedar Grove, a supportive housing complex run by the Cool Aid Society. The site is due for a massive renovation, but construction can’t start until the 22 residents have somewhere to go. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Cool Aid struggles to find temporary housing for Cedar Grove residents

Renovations can’t start at 210 Gorge Rd. E. until homes are found

Robert Jarvis is a senior support care worker at Cedar Grove, a supportive housing complex run by the Cool Aid Society. The site is due for a massive renovation, but construction can’t start until the 22 residents have somewhere to go. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS