Before I pull on my warmest toque and toughest boots, I’m quickly scribbling out this note to let you know about an intrepid day of programming that I’m part of today on CJSR: the Homelessness Marathon. From 5 PM Mountain Time until 7 AM tomorrow morning, we’re coordinating a nationwide marathon of radio programming all about homelessness. This is the first year that CJSR has been the host of the event, and other community radio stations around the country will be chipping in with their own hours of programming throughout the evening.
My own contribution is a story about the people who work on, and visit, the Boyle Street Community Services’ outreach van. Once I dash out the door here, I’ll be following them along their route to a couple of the city’s bottle depots, where the van parks to provide a warm meal and essentials like gloves and socks for people living on the streets. I had the pleasure of meeting most of the crew last weekend, and I’m proud to be able to tell a story about something else the van provides: family. Tune in tonight around 11 PM if you’re interested. We broadcast on 88.5 FM in Edmonton, and stream online at cjsr.com.