The Jake Report – Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture at the Queer Arts Festival

In this video, Jake chats with Emma Kivisild (a.k.a. Lizard Jones) who is the Artistic Director at Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture. Emma talks about her performance art “Kiss & Tell” that is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Queer Arts Festival, the passing and legacy of Geoff McMurchy, and the future of Kickstart. Visit… for more information about Kickstart.

‘Making it Happen’ Within Community Living Sector

Each year on March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day – a global day when we honour the economic, political and social achievements of all women. This past Sunday we saw different regions celebrate women’s achievements and call for greater equality. A diverse range of activity connected women and those celebrating them from all around the world. This activity ranged from political rallies, to business conferences, to government activities, to online engagement and much more. This year’s theme for International...

Acceptance Takes More Than One Day

It all started with two Nova Scotia high school boys in 2007. After seeing a boy in grade 9 being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, the boys stepped in and protested his harassment. They convinced dozens of classmates to wear pink in solidarity and soon the school rallied by their side by distributing pink shirts to all students. You can read about the original movement here. February 25th has now become a national day to show support...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2014 – a review by spotlightjake

In honour of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, spotlightjake covered the community celebration at the Yaletown Roundhouse.  The afternoon was filled with a live performance, inspirational talks, distinguished guests and much more.  Check out his video below…    

Former Woodlands resident relishes his freedom

Richard McDonald hopes his book on living in two B.C. institutions will help keep history from repeating itself By Michelle Strutzenberger Freedom is what Richard McDonald speaks of first when he contrasts his life today with the 18 years he lived in two of B.C.’s large institutions for people who have an intellectual disability. [click the title to read the full story ...]