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My husband and I adopted a beautiful dog named Leo. He is a dachshund and absolutely adorable! we adopted him on June 23, 2010 and he has become the love of our lives.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I am looking for some books that written in the 1980's and 90's, so they are no longer in print.

Chapters is saying that they are sold out.

A Child Is Not A Toy: Voices of Children in Poverty

NEW STAR BOOKS | Trade Paperback
One in six children in Canada lives in poverty. These children go to school hungry, in clothes that aren’t warm enough for northern winters. They get sick more often than other children. They are more likely to drop out of school and end up in a low–paying job, out of work or on the street. In A Child Is Not a Toy, Sheila Baxter provides a voice for adults who had been poor as children, and social workers, teachers and others who work with young people. In search for solutions to these problems, Baxter looks at the federal government’s new support programs and the provincial welfare programs for families with children, at community street workers and drop– in centres, and at the needs of children who are poor. (My daughter was interviewed for this book)

Under the Viaduct: Homeless in Beautiful B. C.

by Sheila Baxter

New Star Books, Limited | Trade Paperback
We (in the US) are not alone with this problem. Published by New Star Books, 2504 York Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1E3. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

In the epilogue of Under the Viaduct: Homeless in Beautiful BC, Sheila Baxter writes: “This book I have written on homelessness is just the tip of the iceberg. These stories, interviews, observations are an intimate look at homelessness. People in this book are real, not just statistics. They are as I see them and hear them; their thoughts are unedited by me. Their voices are their own. It’s a patchwork of all colours, sizes and depths. I’ve put them together in this book the same way you quilt a quilt. This is not a scientific study, just the simple truth as it happens.”

This book is interesting and useful for several reasons. Not only does it document testimonials of Vancouver’s homeless, whom the author interviewed, but it presents strategies to combat this social problem. Interspersed among stories of the homeless is Baxter’s careful and timely research about life under the viaduct, complete with history, data, photographs, statistics and services. Baxter is a poet, educator and author of five books on poverty and homelessness. Still active in her fight for the homelessness, Baxter is currently involved with the Vancouver City-Wide Housing Coalition. (I was interviewed for this book)

Still Raising Hell

Press Gang Publishers | May 3, 2000 | Trade Paperback
In this, her fourth book, Baxter speaks out on poor-bashing, homelessness, gentrification, literacy training for street people, overcoming fat-phobia, and dying with dignity. "Baxter captures the undercurrent of indignation that runs through those affected by poverty." -Quill & Quire

No Way to Live: Poor Women Speak Out

NEW STAR BOOKS | January 1, 1995 | Trade Paperback
For No Way to Live, Sheila Baxter interviewed more than fifty BC women who live in poverty. These women are fed up. They are sick of not having enough money to feed their kids, to live in safe housing, or to go to the dentist. They are sick of the governments and social workers telling them how to live their lives. One by one, they describe the obstacles they face on a daily basis as a result of being poor, but they don’t stop there — they also offer many ideas and suggestions about what can be done to end it.

If anyone knows where to I can get these books please leave me a comment in the comments section. I knew Sheila during my time in Vancouver and would love to get my hands on these books.
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