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THE BEAT PACK REGINA & SASKATCHEWAN

November 25, 2009 All content by Sarah N. Fitzgerald

Proposed emergency shelter for youth receives funds
With a bit of help from the
provincial government, Street Cul-
ture Kidz Inc. is undertaking a
project that will provide many of
Regina’s youth with a safe place to
stay.
The Ministry of Social Services
announced on Oct. 30, that they are
contributing $1 million dollars to-
ward an emergency shelter project
proposed by Street Culture.
Street Culture is a community-
based organization that helps
teenagers who are at risk of be-
coming involved in street activity,
or who don’t have suitable hous-
ing.
By providing teens with a safe
refuge, as well as life-skills and
employment readiness programs,
Down Street Culture hopes to enable
them with the attributes they need
1. What's the first fall holiday? to be independent adults.
Dustin Browne busy organizing the proposed shelter
Dustin Browne, who’s the hous-
3. For some, fall begins after this (non-fall) holiday. ing director for Street Culture, says lot of youth, and no beds to put of the home is,” explained Browne. not being able to find one. Raising
one of the most important things them in.” Street Culture operates two peer the Roof, a Canadian organization
5. Which fall holiday is spooky? for teenagers to learn is how to be In order to help remedy this sit- homes in the city; one is their own, aimed at ending homelessness, es-
Across self-sufficient and Social Services uation, in 2006 Street Culture ap- the other belongs to the provincial timates 65,000 teen-agers find
7. A traditional fall gourd is a .... is realizing their traditional facili- plied for, and received, federal and government. themselves without a home at
2. Leaves change colour because they begin to lack this green ties are failing to do this. The emergency shelter, which some point during the year.
8. When's the last day of fall? “The majority of youth that hasn’t been built yet, will have At-risk youth won’t be the only

12. What's another word for fall?
pigment. comes out of structured, very rule-
“That’s the problem. enough beds for about 25 teens. ones benefiting from the emer-

They have a lotof
heavy, control-based care, when Browne said the provincial gov- gency shelter. Browne estimates
4. The first day of this season has an equal amount of daylight they turn 18, have no skills or abil- ernment will fund 15 of those beds that there will be over a dozen new
ities to function on their own be- youth, and no beds to annually, and Street Culture as well jobs created when the shelter
as the first day of fall.
put them in.”
cause they’ve been so controlled as other organizations will fund the opens.
their whole life,” Browne said. In remaining. Social Services Min- Street Culture hasn’t secured a
6. What type of trees don't loose their leaves in the fall? any given month, there are approx- --Dustin Browne ister Donna Harpauer said she’s location for the shelter, but they are
imately 3,200 children under the confident this emergency shelter considering the possibility of
9. What type of trees do loose their leaves in the fall? care of Saskatchewan’s Social will make a difference in the lives building it in Regina’s Heritage
Services. provincial grants to initiate a peer- of many of Regina’s young people. community.
10. When does fall begin in the southern hemisphere? Because there’s a limited model housing project in Regina Sarah Gelsinger, who works at A meeting is being held on Nov.
amount of room for these children, that would eventually include an Street Culture, agrees with 25 at the Heritage Community As-
11. For some, fall begins when these birds fly south. the province is in desperate need of emergency shelter for youth. Harpauer. She said the emergency sociation to discuss this prospect
space to house them. Peer homes are set up much shelter would definitely benefit with community members. Street
13. When did fall begin in the northern hemisphere? “They don’t have any beds,” more like traditional homes: “Kids some of the youth she mentors be- Culture hopes to have the emer-
said Browne about Social Services. have a lot more freedom of choice; cause she’s heard them talking gency shelter up and running by
“That’s the problem. They have a they have input on how the running about needing a place to stay and spring, 2011.

who’s been living Currently. Contained Saskatchewan’s two largest cities. recycling is only possible if one has access to recycling depots scattered throughout their October was municipal election month in Saskatchewan. provements for neighbourhood based services and programs. Instead. It was something she included in her platform under a curbside recycling program. paper. The depots don’t necessarily work. Where are my tax dollars going?” Carlin said. was in favour of two cities in all of North America that doesn’t have a publically funded “I’ve lived on both the east and west coasts. Heather McIntyre watching election polls come in. Or access to proper transportation. Unfortunately for the residents of Saskatoon and Regina. environmental impact. such as Heather McIntyre. 28. will be. In 2008. metal. cycling program would be too costly for taxpayers and too harmful to the In Regina. But in everyone needs to take part in. doesn’t run a curbside recycling program. 2009 Regina election snapshots To recycle or to not recycle? P eople in Regina and Saskatoon are any such thing is absurd. or on my street. the City of Regina published a Waste Plan report. recycling is a vital aspect of every community. Atchison’s competition. broader community policy that included the seeking of cost-effective im. something both cities lack. one of the candidates who spoke out about curbside recycling in Regina for five years. says he’s shocked a city the size of Regina does. and something their other recyclables. neither McIntyre nor Swys- Among the environmental hot topics for politicians and voters alike was tun received the outcome they were hoping for—neither of them managed city-run curbside recycling. Lenore Swystun. was Heather McIntyre. a Ward 3 incumbent. has said he doesn’t think curbside ready to start kicking things to the recycling should be a city burden.” cling at my door. though. Be- cause of this. what civic candidates were going to do to lessen their city’s have trying to load all their recyclables onto and off public transportation. because not everyone has most predominate issues in Regina and Saskatoon was the environment. However. he’s said he’s favour of a pay per use system: the less you toss out. the less it’ll you cost you. will still be pushing the curbside recycling. Canadian landfills account for 25 per cent of the country’s man-made methane emissions. residents simply have to pay for the privilege. curb: plastic. Many people.” easier said than done. this is within the report is a survey that indicates “almost 70 per cent (of Regina residents feel) that providing a convenient way to recycle materials through curbside recycling would have a lot of impact on their decision to recycle. But just because the elec- local recycling industry. and all According to the Government of Canada’s EnviroZine. . That Regina (and Saskatoon) don’t have issue. glass. “It’s deplorable that Regina is one of only n’t have curbside recycling in place. doesn’t mean the debate over city-funded curbside recycling However. Many Regina and Saskatoon residents have questioned why their city to win a seat on their city council. and I’ve always had recy. And one of the city. Chris Carlin. tion’s over. Fred Clipsham. Imagine the difficulty a single person would more pointedly. curbside recycling is available in both Regina and Saskatoon. Don has said a city-run blue-box curbside re. She said. as the polls were tallied on Oct. Saskatoon mayor candidate.