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Selected Media Mentions

CBC - On the Island with Gregor Craigie
Interview with Tracy Mills and Margaret Chitchlow on Cohousing
February 24, 2016 - Listen here

CBC - On the Island with Gregor Craigie
Interview with councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe on the Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count
January 7, 2016

C-FAX 1070 with Terry Moore
Interview with councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe on the Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count
January 6, 2016 Listen here. Fast forward to 36:20 minutes

C-FAX 1070 with Al Ferraby
Interview with councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe on the Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count 
January 6, 2016 - Listen here. Fast forward to 51:03 minutes

Times-Colonist article by Richard Watts
Gap between wages, rent is growing, report warns
December 4, 2015 - Click here to see the article

CHEK News story by Keith Vass
CRD report highlights high housing costs
September 29, 2015 - Click here to see the story

Times-Colinist article by Bill Cleverley
Housing cost gap bedevils Greater Victoria renters 
September 27, 2015 - Click here to read the article

Victoria News article by Kevin Laird
Comprehensive plan needed to help working poor: Victoria MP 
April 30, 2015 - Click here to read the article

Times-Colinist article by Sarah Petrescu
Housing, child care increase ‘living wage’ to $20 an hour 
April 29, 2015 - Click here to read the article

C-FAX 1070 with Frank Stanford
April 29, 2015  - Rupert Downing discusses the 2015 Living Wage calculation which topped $20 per hour for the first time.
Listen here. MP3 fast forward 34 minutes

CTV News at 6 with Andrew Johnson
April 29, 2015  - Living Wage nearly double minimum.
Watch here

Times-Colinist article by Sarah Petrescu
Report finds gaps in help for Greater Victoria’s homeless youth 
March 31, 2015 - Click here to read the article

C-FAX 1070 with Terry Moore
November 6, 2014 - Michele Colussi and Will Weigler discussing Resilient Neighbourhoods comedy show, Laughing Allowed
Listen here.  MP3 fast forward 37 minutes.

Times-Colinist article by Amy Smart
Comedy show organizers hope to get people involved
November 6, 2014 - Click here to read the article

C-FAX 1070 with Ian Jessop
November 5, 2014 - Susan Low discussing Living Wage Week and our Free Living Wage information session on November 24th
Listen here.  MP3 fast forward 7 minutes.

C-FAX 1070 with Frank Stanford
October 2, 2014  - Marika Albert and Rev. Nancy Ford discussing the upcoming From Charity to Social Justice conference.
Listen here. MP3 fast forward 33 minutes

Focus Magazine
Editor's Letter - No Excuses Now
September 2014 - Click here to read the article.

Victoria News
Greater Victoria 'living wage' rises in 2014
April 29, 2014 - Click here to read the article.

CBC All Points West with Joann Roberts
April 29, 2014 - What is a Living Wage in Victoria? Rupert Downing speaks with Joann Roberts.

C-FAX 1070 Morning Show with Al Ferraby
April 29, 2014  - Rupert Downing briefly discusses the announcement of the 2014 living wage for Greater Victoria on Mornings with Al Ferraby.

Times Colonist article by Sarah Petrescu
Living wage’ rises in Victoria making life here less affordable
April 29, 2014 - Click here to read the article.

CHEK TV - Living wage - how much does it take to live above the poverty line?  Stacy Ross has a look.
April 29, 2014 - Click here to watch the segment.

Comox Valley Business Gazette article by Bridget Horel
April/May 2014 -New fund offers financial and social returns

Times-Colonist EDITORIAL- An invitation to fight poverty
January 24, 2014
The Times-Colonist editorial looks at the Community Action Plan on Poverty. Click here for link to editorial on the Times-Colonist website or here for a printer-friendly version.

Victoria News EDITORIAL- Poverty reduction not political fodder
January 23, 2014
Victoria News Editorial on the non-partisan Community Action Plan on Poverty Click here for link to editorial on the Victoria News website or here for a printer-friendly version.

Victoria News - Politicos aim to place poverty on legislative radar
January 23, 2014
Edward Hill, editor of the Saanich News on our announcement that all 10 Victoria Area MPs and MLAs endorse the Community Action Plan on Poverty. Click here for link to the Victoria News website or here for a printer-friendly version. 

Times-Colonist - Capital region MLAs, MPs back plan to combat poverty 
January 22, 2014
Sarah Petrescu's article on our latested Community Action Plan on Poverty news. Click here for link to article on the Times-Colonist website or here for a printer-friendly version.

CHEK TV
January 21, 2014
News segment on our Media Conference announcing that all 10 Victoria Area MPs and MLAs have endorsed the Community Action Plan on Poverty. Click here to view.

Times-Colonist EDITORIAL- Investment pays social benefits
January 9, 2014
The Times-Colonist editorial looks at the Community Investment Fund and its blended investment. Click here for link to editorial on the Times-Colonist website or here for a printer-friendly version.

Times-Colonist article by Sandra McCulloch - Group seeks RRSP money to build affordable housing in Victoria
January 8, 2014
Sandra McCulloch interviewed Sarah Amyot our Program Manager in charge of Community Economic Development on one of  our newest initatives, a Community Investment Fund that invests in such community benefit projects such as affordable housing. Click here for link to article on the Times-Colonist website or here for a printer-friendly version.

CBC On the Island with Gregor Craigie
January 6, 2014
Sarah Amyot sat down with Gregor to discuss the innovative new Community Investment Fund initiated by Community Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview.

Listen to Rupert Downing on C-FAX
January 2, 2014 
Executive Director Rupert Downing, joined Frank Stanford to discuss the innovative new Community Investment Fund spearheaded by Community Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview. Fast forward to after the 9:30am news.

Tyee.ca article by Jackie Wong - Retirement Savings Could Jump-start Victoria Affordable Housing - Redirect RRSP investments into local projects, and re-engage progressive citizens.
December 20, 2013
Jackie Wong interviewed Sarah Amyot our 
Program Manager in charge of Community Economic Development and Marika Albert our Program Manager, Poverty Prevention and Reduction Initiatives on the Community Investment Fund. Click here for link to article on the Tyee website or here for a printer-friendly version.

Terry Moore speaks with Rupert Downing on C-FAX 1070
June 14, 2013 - Rupert Downing discusses the new Community Sociai Planning Council's report on building innovations in the procurement of social services for vulerable children and their families. Click here to read the report or here to listen to the interview recorded on June 14, 2013. Approx.10 minutes.

CBC All Points West with Joann Roberts
May 3, 2013 - What is a Living Wage in Victoria? Rupert Downing speaks with Joann Roberts. Click here to listen to the interview recorded on May 3, 2013. Approx. 9 minutes.

Stephen Andrew speaks with Rupert Downing and Marika Albert on C-FAX 1070
May 2, 2013 - Rupert Downing and Marika Albert join Stephen Andrew in studio for discussion of the topic of a Living Wage on the day the CSPC releases the living wage calculation for Greater Victoria. Click here to listen to the interview recorded on May 2, 2013. Approx. 25 minutes.

Al Ferraby speaks with Rupert Downing on C-FAX 1070
May 2, 2013 - Rupert Downing briefly discusses the announcement of the 2013 living wage for Greater Victoria on Mornings with Al Ferraby. Click here to listen to the interview recorded on May 2, 2013. Approx. 7 minutes.

Times Colonist article by Judith Lavoie and Sandra McColloch- Region's working families see cost of living jump
May 2, 2013 - Click here to read the article.

Comment: Public policy must address living wage
May 2, 2013 - Click here to read the op-ed.

Adam Stirling speaks with Rupert Downing on C-FAX 1070
May 31, 2012 - Rupert Downing on the Adam Stirling show discussing the launch of the Community Action Plan on Poverty. Click here to listen to the interview recorded on May 31, 2012. Approx. 9 minutes.

Dave Dickson interviews Alvaro Moreno and Gordon O'Conner on C-FAX 1070
May 29, 2012 - Alvaro Moreno and Gordon O'Conner on the Dave Dickson program discuss the Community includes Everyone Picnic and announcement of the Community Action Plan on Poverty.

Times Colonist article by Judith Lavoie - Outlook remains gloomy for Victoria's poor, report says
April 27, 2012 - Marika Albert interviewd by Judith Lavoie of the Times-Colonist. Click here to read the article, "Outlook remains gloomy for Victoria's poor, report says."

Listen to Community Council on C-FAX 1070
April 26, 2012 - Research and development officer, Marika Albert discusses the new report, Growing Prosperity in the Capital Region on C-FAX 1070 with Dave Dickson. Click here to listen to the interview recorded on April 26, 2012. Approx. 15 minutes.

Listen to Rupert Downing on C-FAX 1070
November 10, 2011 - Listen to executive director Rupert Downing on C-FAX 1070 with Ryan Price as they review the well attended City Hall and Families event last night hosted by the Community Social Planning Council. 

Times Colonist article by Jeff Bell - great synopsis of what we do
November 9, 2011 - A great article on the Community Social Planning Council that covers our 75 year history as a charity in Greater Victoria, who we are, what we do and what's coming up next. Click here to read the article. Click here to book an interview or speaking engagement with Rupert Downing.

Listen to Rupert Downing on CBC
November 9, 2011 - Listen to executive director Rupert Downing on CBC with Gregor Craigie discuss how municipalities can help families in our region in particular in the area of affordability. Click here to listen to the interview recorded November 9, 2011. Approx. 6 minutes.

Listen to Rupert Downing on C-FAX1070
September 22, 2011 - Listen to Community Social Planning Council, Executive Director RupertDowning's interview with Frank Stanford on C-FAX 1070 Radio. Rupert talks about the 75 year history and the bright future of the Community Social Planning Council. Click here to listen.