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 [...]

De-escalating conflicts through community mediation

2021-10-08T19:29:21+01:00October 1st, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, black lives matter, Community, General, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, Newcomer|

By Nina Badwal - October 2021 - - Calling a community mediator instead of the police for a neighbourhood noise complaint or an issue with your roommate or landlord is the idea behind a Toronto multi-service agency’s Community Mediation program.   The Neighbourhood Group (TNG) which merged with St. Stephen’s Community House, is [...]

Words matter

2021-08-03T15:11:09+01:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, black lives matter, Community, education, General, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, Newcomer, policy, racism|

- By Shirley Roberts - There is no shortage of news, dominated by world events, that is covered in our daily newspapers and through social media. News items compete for our attention through short articles by journalists who often have to keep up with the daily news cycle and looming deadlines. In the [...]

Unconventional George: The personal struggles of a former politician

2021-06-16T14:24:12+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: General, LGBTQ2+, policy, pride, story|

- By Nea Maaty - The following is a summary of a conversation with George Smitherman about his personal struggles.  George Smitherman was born in 1964, one of four children, and spent his early years growing up in central Etobicoke. His parents were from a middle-class working background and were not very educated. [...]

Friends of Ruby: A place for LGBTQ youth to call home

2021-06-17T14:56:00+01:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Community, General, LGBTQ2+, mental health, pride, youth|

- By Nea Maaty - In the Moss Park community, at 257 Dundas Street, you will find a colourful rainbow  accented building that the Friends of Ruby call “Home.” The Friends of Ruby Home was designed for LGBTQI2S youth between the ages of  16 to 29 years who are in need of transitional housing [...]

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