Celebrating Diwali

By Nina Badwal - October 2021 - . Each year during autumn, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate Diwali, known as the Indian “festival of lights.” The word Diwali is derived from deepavali which means "rows of lighted lamps" in Sanskrit, an ancient language of India.  The occasion represents the triumph of [...]

Still Spooktacular!

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

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

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 [...]

Suicide, stigma, and seeking help

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 [...]