CBC’s 2012 panel for Poverty and Homelessness Action week

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Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition book club:CBC_logo-300x300 Kathy’s book With a Closed Fist was discussed on CBC Radio as part of the annual Poverty and Homelessness Action week panel to talk about books that illustrate the challenges of being poor in Canada

Click here to listen to the 2 Part panel discussion.

 

Toughest Neighbourhood in Canada

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nfb_logo_canadian_designIn 1978, the National Film Board of Canada made a short documentary about Point St. Charles, a neighbourhood they described as the “toughest in Canada.” Click here to watch the documentary.

 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS – from the National Film Board:
 
This short documentary is a portrait of Point St. Charles, one of Montreal’s notoriously bleak neighbourhoods. Many of the residents are English-speaking and of Irish origin; many of them are also on welfare. Considered to be one of the toughest districts in all of Canada, Point St. Charles is poor in terms of community facilities, but still full of rich contrasts and high spirits – that is, most of the time.

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Book Lovers’ Literary Lunch

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Kathy will be speaking at the Niagara Falls Public Library Book Lovers’ Literary Lunch event April 27th @1:00pm. Enjoy an end-of-year celebratory luncheon with Niagara Falls book club members and a talk + Q&A session with Kathy about her book, With a Closed Fist.

Tickets are $15 (wine tickets an additional $5), and Kathy’s book will be available to purchase for $20. See the flyer below for more details, hope to see you there!

Book Lovers’ Literary Lunch

 

 

Amazon Kindle: With a Closed Fist now on Kindle!

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Click here to read an excerpt from Chapter One! (from Amazon)

With a Closed Fist: Growing Up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood is now available on Kindle! Click here to get it from Amazon.ca (or Amazon.com) or here from Kathy’s Amazon Store.

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“With a Closed Fist” now required reading!

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With a Closed Fist

A high school in Montréal has made Kathy’s book With a Closed Fist, Growing Up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood required reading for its English class!

Kathy looks forward to another trip to Montreal soon to talk about her book with the students. Click here to read more about Kathy’s book.

 

 

 

 

 

Kicking off Social Work Week

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Kathy will be the keynote speaker kicking off 2013 Social Work Week, Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work, March 4th – 8th, at Wilfrid Laurier University. All  events are free and open to the public.

From WLU’s website:

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Monday, March 4

Social Work Week Lunch| 12 to 1:30 p.m. | 120 Duke Street W., Kitchener | Room 101

 

Keynote speaker: Author Kathy Dobson will discuss her memoir, With a Closed Fist: Growing up in Canada’s Toughest Neighbourhood, detailing how a group of social work students brought hope and empowerment into their lives.

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