Moms-at-risk get needed support in inner city Edmonton

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Moms-at-risk get needed support in inner city Edmonton

"Jenny," who's name has been changed to protect the identity of her two children in government care, was supported by the Healthy, Empowered, and Resilient Pregnancy Program during her third pregnancy. She is now successfully caring for 2-month old Britney. Edmonton, Monday, July 18, 2016. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia

The birth of her baby girl should have been the happiest day of the young mom’s life; instead, it became an agonizing experience.

The baby was just 10 hours old when Child and Family Services apprehended her, as they had her son a few months before.

“It was so painful to have that happen,” said ‘Jenny,’ whose name has been changed to protect the identity of her children who remain in care.

“I just get really pissed off that that happened, because I could have prevented it. I don’t know why I was so … stupid back then,” she said, turning away tearfully.

Three years later, the ache of that moment is dulled by the joy of caring for her newborn daughter Britney.

As she sat in the pregnancy support office at Edmonton’s Boyle Street Community Services…

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Victims of domestic violence can break rental agreements early under new Alberta law

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Victims of domestic violence can break rental agreements early under new Alberta law

The private member’s bill introduced by Calgary MLA Deborah Drever that came into effect on Monday will help victims of domestic abuse get away from their abusers.  The law will also help victims get in touch with services for survivors of domestic violence reports CBCnews Calgary.

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Calgary MLA Deborah Drever introduced a private member's bill last fall to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to get out of rental agreements.Calgary MLA Deborah Drever introduced a private member’s bill last fall to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to get out of rental agreements. (CBC)

A new law spearheaded by Calgary MLA Deborah Drever designed to help victims of domestic violence get away from their abusers came into force Monday.

The Residential Tenancies (Safer Spaces for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act allows renters to break a lease early, without a financial penalty, by showing their landlord a certificate verifying that they’re at risk.

“I…

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