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Meet the brave women patrolling Regina’s toughest neighbourhood

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Some of the White Pony Lodge volunteers return from a Friday evening patrol. (David Gutnick/CBC)

By David Gutnick, CBC News, January 7, 2018

It’s 6 p.m. on a cold Friday evening. Outside, the temperature hovers around -20 C.

Eight women sit in a circle in a bare-bones office in a nondescript building on 5th Avenue in downtown Regina, smack in the middle of a neighbourhood called North Central. Eleven thousand residents live in the surrounding blocks, in rundown apartment buildings and small houses on tiny lots, squeezed in between two sets of railway tracks. Read the rest of this entry

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Mama Bear Clan: Meet the women-led group patrolling Winnipeg streets

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Mama Bear Clan members walk down Main Street, making their way toward a shelter for the city’s homeless population. (Martha Troian/CBC)

Volunteers now patrol some of city’s toughest streets

By Martha Troian, CBC News, November 30, 2016

Jennifer Roulette knows what it feels like to live in poverty and to lose her home, all while being a single mom.

The 33-year-old Winnipeg mother of four says she can relate to the people on the street whom she now spends her time helping.

Roulette is part of the Mama Bear Clan, a group of volunteers keeping an eye on the street and its people. Read the rest of this entry