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At Home in the Hood Part Three: Hood rats, hatchet attacks, mail delivery, and Christmas

All this week, CBC Daybreak North is running a special series called "At Home in the Hood: Stories from Prince George's VLA." The VLA stands for "Veteran's Land Act" because the neighbourhood was originally built to provide affordable housing for World War II veterans. Today, it has a reputation for being poor and crime-ridden. We hope to get people talking about the challenges and solutions for the VLA.

"Just a little old neighbourhood in Prince George"

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To get a feel for Prince George's VLA, we explore the neighbourhood with the mailman, and find out how many Christmas lights it takes to decorate the inner-city trailer park.

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We also spoke to a Jackie Rioux. She used to deliver mail in the VLA, and says residents of "the hood" are targeted by money loans and fast-food flyers.

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Former gang member avoids the VLA

Alia Pierni has seen the darkside of the VLA. As a gang member she was an "enforcer", performing violent acts to collect on debts. She has since left that life behind, and became a national star on the TV show "Redemption Inc." She says that today she tries to avoid the "hood" because of the memories of her former life.

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The senior hood rat

Willow Arune is a former Vancouver lawyer who has retired to study history in Prince George's VLA. She's also a great storyteller: listen to her take on life in "the hood".

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Find more coverage of the VLA, and get information about our community forum on January 24 on our special page dedicated to this series.


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