Still Spooktacular!

2021-10-08T19:14:00+01:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Activities, children, Community, covid-19, General, Health, youth|

By Yvonne Yorke - October 2021 -  - Every year, Halloween is celebrated as a fun-filled finale to October that delights children and adults alike. Because of the pandemic, Toronto Public Health was not able to support the traditional door-to-door trick or treating in 2020 and as of our print date for [...]

World Mental Health Day

2021-10-08T19:25:56+01:00October 1st, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, Health, Homelessness, Indigenous, Isolation, LGBTQ2+, Meditation, mental health, Newcomer|

By Shirley Roberts - October 2021 -  The World Health Organization recognizes October 10th as World Mental Health Day. In 1992, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) established World Mental Health Day in an effort to promote education and advocate for people experiencing mental health issues. This year’s theme, set by the [...]

The power of art

2021-10-08T19:22:18+01:00October 1st, 2021|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, Creative Corner, education, General, youth|

By Heather Wilson - October 2021 -  Art can create new futures. It nurtures creativity and imagination and teaches us to use them as tools to explore our world and ourselves. Through art, seemingly impossible ideas can be made real. This power is made even more meaningful when placed in the hands 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 [...]

Suicide, stigma, and seeking help

2021-10-08T19:36:34+01:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, Health, mental health|

By Nina Badwal - September 2021 -  - 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 [...]

Back to school in a new post-pandemic world

2021-08-06T18:50:00+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: children, Community, covid-19, education, General, Health, mental health, TDSB, youth|

- By Yvonne Yorke - - This mural is approximately 10-years-old. Have you ever wondered what Article 26 is about? If so, here is the answer:  Article 26 is from the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights:  Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary [...]

A ‘Just Recovery’ for St. James Town

2021-07-13T05:20:25+01:00July 13th, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, General|

- By Georgie Alford -  After one of the most severe recessions the world has ever seen, it is unsurprising that global discussion has centred on economic recovery from the pandemic. Despite government funding, the International Labour Organisation warns that large corporations, small-businesses and individuals have all been left in struggling economic positions. [...]

Pop-up clinics in St. James Town making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible

2021-10-08T19:57:52+01:00July 3rd, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, education, General, Health|

 By Nina Badwal - July 2021 -  Residents waiting in line at a pop-up clinic in St. James Town to get their COVID-19 vaccination shot. More than 150 people came out on a sunny Saturday in St. James Town to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.  A pop-up clinic offering the [...]

Bird watching gets a new look during the pandemic era

2021-10-20T21:53:37+01:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: Activities, Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health|

By Nina Badwal - June 2021 -  A group on a bird walk (Photo: Andrés Jiménez Monge) A recreational activity that was once seen fitting for retired white men is now attracting a diverse group of people.  Bird watching – or birding which includes the visually impaired – has reached an all-time high [...]

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