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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Responding to the food insecurity crisis in St. James Town

2021-08-04T16:56:32+01:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, General, Health|

- By Nea Maaty - Since the onset of the pandemic, affording food has become more difficult, particularly for people living in low income communities. Food insecurity is still one of the major issues in St. James Town especially after the economic drop that has affected many people due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Although [...]

A Discussion on Mindful Meditation with Jane Lee

2021-05-18T22:10:28+01:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Community, Health, Meditation, mental health|

Jane Lee, a certified yoga teacher, shares her personal experience with practicing yoga and meditation for 18+ years. Can you tell us about yourself and what inspired you to teach mindfulness meditation? A couple of years ago, I was blindsided by an unexpected colon cancer diagnosis while pursuing fertility treatments trying to have a [...]

Celebrating Nursing: Answering the Call

2021-05-19T14:39:25+01:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: covid-19, General, Health, mental health, Nurse|

By Shirley Roberts National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place May 10-16, 2021, the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 12. Nightingale (1820-1910) was a social reformer and widely credited with being the founder of modern nursing. The theme this year #WeAnswerTheCall was developed by The Canadian Nursing Association to showcase the many [...]

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Vaccinations in St. James Town!

2021-04-15T22:26:07+01:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Community, covid-19, education, General, Health|

By Shirley Roberts  The St. James Town (SJT) neighbourhood has been hit hard by COVID-19. Our densely  populated community has been dealing with high numbers of the virus and the associated  consequences of illness, anxiety, and grief. A recent uptick in the number of cases associated  with new variants of the virus has [...]

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