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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Winter Fun with Kids

2020-12-09T00:03:20+00:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Activities, children, Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health, youth|

  This winter, families in St. James Town may be wondering what the festive season will look like. Without the usual winter activities - the Calcavade of Lights, Toronto Christmas Market, Nathan Phillips Square Fair, theatres and pantomimes - parents and guardians are under more pressure to bring the magic home.  It isn't all downsides [...]

Staying Connected

2020-12-09T00:02:28+00:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, mental health|

Just remember in the winter, Far beneath the bitter snows, Lies the seed that with the sun’s love, In the spring becomes the rose." — Bette Midler, “The Rose” lyrics Winter is not everyone’s favourite season. With the shortened daylight hours, colder temperatures, and lots of snow, it’s hard to embrace the season [...]

Covid- 19 Testing in St. James Town

2020-11-10T21:54:14+00:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, mental health|

In a time that now seems like a distant memory, a slight cough or loss of smell was not a cause for much concern. Now, having any mild symptoms of illness can cause panic, stress and anxiety, not only for fear of personal health but for fear of spreading illness to others. Testing for [...]

Studying How St. James Town is Coping with Covid-19

2020-11-13T16:15:49+00:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health|

This month, Lisa Kowalchuk spoke to us about her recent research project in St. James Town. Lisa is a sociology professor at the University of Guelph. This is what she had to say:  At the beginning of October, I launched a study entitled “Extracting lessons from coping with COVID-19 in St. James Town”, and I’m grateful [...]

Examining Mental Health during the Pandemic

2020-11-10T16:07:20+00:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health|

As we face the 9th month of living with the coronavirus and its multiple disruptions of people’s lives, livelihoods, and wellbeing, we are mindful of the fact that this past October 10 was World Mental Health Day. We turned to Susan Davis, Executive Director of the Gerstein Crisis Centre for a better understanding of how [...]