In the first hour Jenniefer Stronge speaks with various residents at a Waterloo Region encampment for unsheltered residents. Follow the Unsheltered Campaign at the Civic Hub WR.
In the second hour Jenniefer has a phone call with Karen Nelson to talk about animal abuse at slaughterhouses and during the transportation of animals, and talk about the death of Regan Russell, who was killed by a truck driver at an animal vigil.
On Saturday, 1 August 2020 Jenniefer Stronge spoke again with Regan Sunshine Brussé of the Unsheltered Campaign. Regan provided updates on water availability: at one encampment a tap with fresh water has been provided, but at another encampment people are drinking from the river. A portable toilet has been provided by the Region of Waterloo at one location. Regan estimates there are still about 500 people who are unhoused, and winter is approaching. There has been very little progress since the start of pandemic measures in March. She says there are conversations about providing more affordable housing in the area. Regan would like to see the Region or a municipality provide an area of public land for an encampment with better facilities, so that people can be sheltered and maintain their social circles. People cannot be forced into shelter; facilitators need to speak with unsheltered people to find out what they want. There is a lack of trust in the system, and so some people may prefer to remain unsheltered. Today, people need to hide when they’re unsheltered because of opposition to the encampments. If we give unsheltered people a place to be it’s the first step to welcoming them back into society. Covid has shown us what we can do, and how quickly we can do it.
Craig Downer has spent his life working and advocating for wildlife. He travels the world to be an effective voice for the voiceless. He is an conservationist & environmentalist. And well known amongst horse warriors internationally. He has recently been to Australia, and saw the Brumbies (wild horses). His website is thewildhorseconspiracy.org
For those who know of Wild Horse Annie, Craig knew her, and describes her as “an amazing woman with a lot of grit and compassion for horses.” As we ran out of time on this episode of BSHR, Craig promised to come back soon!
Conversation with Martin Asling, Waterloo Region Yes in My Backyard, as well as Lesley Crompton, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region/Civic Hub. Joining conversation also, is Unsheltered resident, Terry Kaan, T.K.
Grassroot movement, anti poverty work & building better futures for KW residents, & people experiencing homelessness.
Here is DJ Jennie’s show from July 24, 2016. She interviewed RJ Mitchell and played his music. We also played the first episode of Radio Free Roscoe which was found on YouTube to talk about the birthplace of radio.
Advocacy oriented for horses and people. Blue Sky Horse Radio started out for horses, and quickly grew from there to include non equine themes. Have recently added the Facebook Live as well. Otherwise you can find Radio Waterloo online at https://radiowaterloo.ca/ including CKMS-FM 102.7 in Kitchener & Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Support music as well. Love to all.
Blue Sky Horse Radio airs on Saturdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on CKMS-FM 102.7 Radio Waterloo.