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Nanaimo man handing out ‘hope stoves’ to keep homeless warm this winter

A small pot slowly simmers on a hotplate in a small, dark motel room. Outside a cold wind blows through Nanaimo as winter begins to set in. Karen Ferguson and her sister call this cheap room home, but it will not be long before they spend a cold night in their van because they cannot afford to stay. The two are not what most people think of when they hear the word homeless.

Overdose victims are mostly not who you’d expect, says expert

When people hear the words ‘drug addiction’, many think of a person on the street — struggling with homelessness, mental health issues and food insecurity. That characterization contributes to the stigma surrounding people dealing with addiction, according to Guy Felicella, a peer clinical advisor for the BC Centre on Substance Abuse.

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