Community

Special series: Vancouver is pretty. Pretty lonely.

A growing number of young people are struggling to find a connection in their communities. These are young, employed, educated and mobile. Why can't they make a connection?

The Early Edition explores loneliness in young people November 19 - 23

Listen to The Early Edition for "Vancouver is Pretty. Pretty Lonely."

Living in Vancouver has many benefits – the natural playground of the north shore mountains, the promise of mild temperatures – but a growing number of young people are struggling to find a connection in their communities. These are young, employed, educated and mobile Metro Vancouverites. Why can't they make a connection? Who should be responsible for making it easier to feel a sense of belonging? Listen to The Early Edition November 19 - 23 for a special series exploring why so many Metro Vancouverites are feeling the sting of social isolation.

November 19: The pain

November 20: Lonely work

  • Statistics show that people who can't afford to stay here don't bother settling in or establishing roots. If young people are working long hours to make ends meet, where is the time for connection?

November 21: Over-regulated basecamp

November 22: Who is the least lonely?

  • Research shows South Asians show the least amount of loneliness. The Early Edition talks to the South Asian community and learns that accountability to each other creates community. Other cultures have a different sense of individualism. How much privacy are people willing to give up to be less lonely?

November 23: The fix

  • Who is responsible for nurturing a connected community? The Early Edition talks to a former Vancouver city councillor who argues the city can't fix the problem on its own. What role do churches, unions, and community groups play?

Listen to The Early Edition with Stephen Quinn weekday mornings on CBC Radio One.

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