St. James Town Blog

What is Labour Day and why do we celebrate it?

2021-09-16T22:14:51+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: education, General|

- By Georgina Alford - Labour Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, recognises labour movements across America and Canada. Since 1894, Labour Day has been a statutory holiday, helping to build a working-class identity and allowing time for rest and relaxation outside of the workplace.  Some historians trace the origins of [...]

The lockdown of ambitions during the pandemic

2021-09-16T22:05:12+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, employment|

- Aarti Sharma - In February 2019, Tapaswini Mohanty, a mother of a 6-year-old, was about to finish her internship in software testing. Mohanty had not worked in Canada since she moved here in 2016. However, the effort she was putting into her internship made her optimistic, and that with the blossoms of the [...]

Celebrating Better Breakfast Day

2021-09-24T00:20:48+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: children, General, nutrition|

- Christina Tran, (Registered Dietitian) & Yvonne Yorke Breakfast is commonly referred to as “the most important meal of the day.” There are many reasons for this as breakfast is intended to provide us with the energy that we need to start our day. This is especially important for school-aged children. Having a [...]

Commemorating the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

2021-09-01T19:42:52+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, children, Community, education, General, Indigenous, policy, racism, youth|

- By Nina Badwal - This September 30th, we will commemorate the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a statutory holiday to remember the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.  A bill creating this new holiday (Bill C-5) was unanimously passed by the Senate in June 2021. Establishing a national holiday [...]

A St. James Town teacher reflects on the effectiveness of virtual learning

2021-09-16T19:17:58+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: children, Community, education, General|

- By Nea Maaty - For almost two years, Toronto and many parts of Ontario have been dealing with a lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Education-wise, students are either homeschooling, involved in virtual schooling or a combination of the two. One thing we do know is that students are not having the [...]

Suicide, stigma, and seeking help

2021-09-02T20:39:01+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, Health, mental health|

- By Nina Badwal - - Suicide intervention is one of the emerging priorities in St. James Town according to the St. James Town Service Providers’ Network (SJTSPN).  The SJTSPN is a group of agencies that promotes equitable social and economic development initiatives and provides informal economic opportunities and population specific services. “Over [...]

The cost of human trafficking

2021-08-04T00:39:42+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, Community, Women, youth|

- By Georgina Alford - - Human trafficking encompasses the coercive recruitment and transportation of people, both within countries and between them.  According to the United Nations, human trafficking is a fundamental violation of human rights and has enduring implications for the lives and well-being of victims.  Women, men and children can [...]

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