June 1 - 5th, 2007

Sex trade workers need safer conditions: report
The most marginalized street prostitutes in Vancouver need places to live and work safely, says a community group calling for a series of changes to clean up the city's sex-trade industry. The Living in Community group has issued a report that makes 27 recommendations to reduce the negative impact of the sex trade industry on workers and neighbourhoods. "We need some housing, low-barrier housing that has mental health addiction and other support for sex workers who are living in poverty," said group co-ordinator Lisa Gibson. "We also need a sex worker co-operative massage parlour that is run by and for sex workers that would create healthy and safe places for sex workers to work and reduce the impact of the street-level sex industry in communities throughout Vancouver."

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Report pushes brothel to get sex workers off street

Prostitution report hides human tragedy in politically correct lingo

Camp for young entrepreneurs
A group of 44 potential business gurus aged 14-16 will take part in a camp for young entrepreneurs in August. The program is part of an initiative by the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi of Montreal to promote entrepreneurial skills amongst youth in the city and encourage kids to form a creative attitude towards work. The Entrepreneurship Camp for Young Montrealers will kick off its second year at Camp Beauvallon in the Eastern Townships. For three days the camp combines educational activities such as debates and project creation with the standard camper's fare of sporting events, board games and campfires.

Green start for Grand House: Ceremonial straw bales mark first step in building new student housing co-op
It's the first straw. Definitely not the last straw. A bale-laying ceremony Sunday for the Grand House Student Co-operative was a symbolic first step for a small, environmentally friendly student residence being built on a steep hillside in Cambridge. The grassroots, affordable housing project is backed by student volunteers, university officials and local business donors.

LifeCycles Project Society earns economic development award
Victoria-based LifeCycles Project Society has won a national community economic development award. The non-profit society raises awareness and organizes projects around food, health and urban sustainability in Greater Victoria. It was awarded the National Community Economic Development Award for outstanding community initiative.