St. James Town Blog

Looking back at the year with our youth

2021-01-09T21:00:56+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, General, TDSB, youth|

The pandemic had created an impact on students' life and learning experience at school since March 2020. Four students living in St James Town shared their experiences on how the pandemic affected their summer break, return to school, holiday break, and relationship with family and friends.  First Name: Chloe Age: 10 Grade 5 How has [...]

Reflections & Things to look Forward to in 2021

2021-01-09T04:16:21+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Community, General|

As the year comes to an end, The Corner team would like to thank our volunteers for supporting our food security programs such as the food bank and meal program during the pandemic. We thank all of our volunteers for their commitment and dedication for their support in serving St James Town residents. We [...]

Youth and Mental Wellness: Celebrating National Youth Day

2021-01-15T13:44:18+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health, TDSB, youth|

On January 12, Canada celebrated National Youth Day (separate from International Youth Day which falls on August 12), as we go into the 11th month of the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto will be in the midst of a lockdown that began on November 23 and has been extended as an emergency. Meanwhile, around North America, [...]

COVID-19 Vaccines – Light at the End of the Tunnel

2021-01-08T23:58:00+00:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, Health|

 Over the past year, our attention has been focused on the pandemic which has caused so much havoc, disruption, anxiety and grief around the world. In December we saw a glimmer of light with the interim approval by Health Canada of a COVID-19 vaccine made by the German company BioNTech and its U.S. partner [...]

Reflections on 2020, Looking Forward with The Corner 2.0

2021-01-08T23:29:41+00:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, General|

2020 has been a rather odd year. While it has been a year of toilet rolls, zoom calls, and YouTube fitness videos, it has also been a time of learning, retrospection, and creativity. The Corner has stood by the St. James Town community through it all. New challenges have provided our community with new [...]

SJT Leadership Forum

2021-01-15T04:42:12+00:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, General|

The 2020 St. James Town Leadership Forum was held on Friday, November 20, over zoom. The event was a follow-up from the first leadership forum in 2017, and is now envisaged as an ongoing annual event. The 2020 Leadership forum, Reimagining: Our Neighborhood. Our collaboration. Our impact was an opportunity to share St. James [...]

Cold, Flu, and Covid: with Dr. June

2020-12-14T17:56:48+00:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, covid-19, education, General, Health|

With the onset of winter, we have three illnesses very similar to each other that we need to watch out: Cold, Flu, Covid. Dr. June from Sherbourne Health talks to us about the differences and how we need to watch out for them. 1. Winter is here and so is cold and flu season. How [...]

Staying Active and Connected – Seniors’ Day Program

2021-01-04T18:36:40+00:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, General, seniors|

The Seniors’ Group has existed for 8 years in St. James Town and started after the fire at 200 Wellesley in 2010. Prior to COVID-19, the group consisted of about 20 people per session and there was already a Computer Learning Program in place, but it quickly pivoted to Zoom.  The Tablet Training program [...]

Raising Awareness about Homelessness- An interview with Alana Banton

2020-12-14T17:59:45+00:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, education, General, Homelessness, Housing|

Alana Banton was born and raised in Toronto. She has a master's in community development and work as a follow-up support worker at Wigwamen. Her role is to provide transitional support to newly housed Indigenous peoples and developing capacity building programs. They have years of experience in outreach and program development.  An overview of [...]