Town Council to get tough on vacant property owners

first_img Twitter Google+ Town Council to get tough on vacant property owners Owners of property in Letterenny,which is vacant and falling in to disrepair, are being warned the Derelict Property Act will be used if the property isn’t brought up to standard.Councillor Gerry McMonagle raised the issue with Letterkenny Town council following a recent fire at a vacant property in the Long Lane area.He says the vacant houses are being used as drinking dens and are a concern to other residents living close by.Councillor McMonagle says the council needs to get tough:[podcast][/podcast] By News Highland – October 9, 2012 Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Previous articleNo approaches from Celtic or Liverpool says Donegal managerNext articleFunding for Letterkenny to drop by 60% with Town Council proposals News Highland Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Robinson Center celebrates 10th anniversary

first_imgA little more than 10 years ago, Marguerite Taylor walked into the building on N. Eddy Street that would become the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), without knowing how the facility would become an integral part of the neighborhood. “We stood here trying to figure out what we were supposed to do,” said Taylor, the associate director for Adult Programs. “It has grown into a great place.” The RCLC serves as a community resource for the people of South Bend, specifically the Northeast Neighborhood, Taylor said. It began as an off-campus educational initiative created in partnership between Notre Dame and the Neighborhood. The RCLC offers everything from afterschool tutoring for children in grade school to computer classes for the elderly to telephone service for a resident to use, Taylor said. They also hold community meetings there, with residents with different backgrounds coming together to give input. “It’s a safe, neutral place,” Taylor said. “Everyone has the right to talk.” According to the 2009-2010 RCLC Annual Report, more than 16,200 guests signed into the RCLC during the year. Jennifer Knapp Beudert, the manager of the RCLC, said the RCLC programming reaches an additional 3,000 people outside of the building with programs in South Bend community schools. “The foundation of everything we do is relationships,” Beudert said. “Our new slogan is ‘A decade of changing lives, one relationship at a time.’ It’s all about relationships.” During the morning and early afternoon, adults participate in activities ranging from Wii Bowling and fitness to book and computer clubs. After 3 p.m. the rooms transform, bringing in a crowd of young children and college tutors from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, among other volunteers. Notre Dame sophomore Linda Scheiber is one of the tutors, and she helps seventh-grader Joy Brown. “I’ve been here a year,” Scheiber said. “We help with pretty much all subjects, math and reading the most.” Brown said she went to the RCLC when she was a little girl, and she recently came back to get some help with homework. “[The help from tutoring] is good,” Brown said. “I enjoy being here.” Sophomore Isaac Harrington said he has helped seventh-grader Paul Ferguson for two years. “My roommate wanted me to start coming with him,” Harrington said. “It was fun, so I kept coming.” Ferguson said he was grateful for the help. “If I didn’t have tutoring, I probably wouldn’t be getting my homework done,” he said. Beudert said around 300 college student volunteers help each semester, with around 130 in both afterschool tutoring and the Take Ten program, an initiative going to local schools to teach students violence prevention and conflict resolution. Others help in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and adult programming.  Dr. Jim Frabutt, who serves on the RCLC Advisory Board, said the RCLC emerged out of a plan to find a way to have better relations with the community. “It’s a neat success story for Notre Dame and the Northeast Neighborhood,” he said. “It’s a great start, a great foothold. It’s one of the biggest assets Notre Dame has in terms of relations with the community. It serves as a great example of how these partnerships work.” Frabutt said the RCLC touches everyone, no matter what age, because of the community it fosters. “That’s why this place has a 360-degree perspective,” he said. “It touches the lives of college students, faculty and local students.” Taylor said the way the RCLC was designed was instrumental in its community feel. Through community meetings during the months before it opened, residents had a large input of what they wanted the building to be. “It’s not what we want it to be,” Taylor said. “It’s what the community wants it to be.” Tonight, the community is invited to an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the anniversary, Taylor said. There will be speakers and special guests, as well as music. “[The RCLC] is truly a reflection of the neighborhood,” Taylor said. She is the third of five generations to live on Francis Street and lives two blocks from the building. In fact, the center is named after her mother, Renelda Robinson, whom Taylor said was the heart of the neighborhood. “She was a community activist,” Taylor said. “She died before she could see it. She’d be thrilled if she could see it now.”last_img read more

Residential school survivors descendents show poorer health outcomes survey

first_imgMia RabsonThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The impacts of residential schools on the health and well-being of First Nations people are similar, whether they attended the schools themselves or are descended from someone who did, a new survey suggests.The finding comes from the third regional health survey by the First Nations Information Governance Centre, a non-profit organization with a mandate from the Assembly of First Nations. The centre has conducted the only comprehensive survey done in Canada of the health and socio-economic conditions on reserves.The first volume being made public today looks at physical and mental health, employment and income, housing and residential school experiences.On the latter it found the number of former residential school students still living is dwindling, but the impacts of the schools continue for the students’ children and grandchildren.Jonathan Dewar, executive director of the centre that produced the survey, said this is in keeping with similar research over the last 15 years.“Our studies indicate the impact of intergenerational survivors of residential schools were similar, sometimes identical to residential school survivors,” he said.About 15 per cent of adults who live on a reserve in Canada said they had attended a residential school. That number was 20 per cent in the first two surveys released in 2003 and 2010. Nearly two in three of those who attended said the schools had negatively impacted their health and well being.More than four in 10 adults who attended a residential school say they were sexually abused and seven in 10 say they were physically and verbally abused.About one-tenth reported the schools had a positive impact while about one-quarter said it had no impact, good or bad.The survey found former students or children of former students were less likely to say they were in good or excellent health compared with those who were not touched by the schools.Residential school survivors and those whose parents or grandparents attended were more likely to have considered suicide at some time in their life and had higher rates of binge drinking and drug use, including marijuana and opioids. For example, one in four teenagers on reserve who had a parent who attended a residential school had considered suicide, compared with one in 10 teenagers who didn’t have a parent or grandparent attend.Dewar says the survey does show some bright spots of improvement for the health and social well-being of people living on reserves though he cautions there needs to be more research done to explain why that may be.“It’s definitely showing signs of progress,” he said. “It still says there is more work that needs to be done. We need to dig deeper to know what interventions have worked.”In many cases where indicators have improved, First Nations still show significant differences from the general population in areas such as income and education, he noted.The number of adults who haven’t finished high school fell to 35 per cent from 40 per cent between 2010 and 2017. Youth smoking rates were cut in half, with one in 10 teenagers smoking regularly in the most recent survey compared to one in five seven years earlier. The prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome was reduced among children living on reserves and the number of mothers who reported smoking during pregnancy fell to about one-third from nearly half.Almost 75 per cent of youth said they abstained from alcohol, up from 61 per cent seven years ago.On the flip side, some indicators got worse, particularly overcrowded housing. About 24 per cent of adults were living in a house considered to be overcrowded, up from 17 per cent in 2002. A house is deemed overcrowded if there is more than one person per room in the home.More than two-thirds of First Nations people living on reserve are in the labour force, either working or looking for work, which is slightly higher than the Canadian population as a whole. However almost one-third of First Nations adults on reserve are unemployed, compared with less than one-tenth of the general population.Fifteen per cent of the people who are not participating in the labour force said there was simply no work to be found in their community or that they had given up looking. Another 18 per cent said they could not work because of a health issue or disability.The survey is based on responses from more than 24,000 people living on reserve in 253 First Nations across Canada and was conducted between 2015 and 2017. The next volume of the report will focus on language and culture and will be released in July.last_img read more