Bird watching gets a new look during the pandemic era

2021-07-28T20:20:39+01:00June 13th, 2021|Categories: Activities, Community, covid-19, education, General, mental health|

- By Nina Badwal -  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 as we [...]

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 [...]

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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Escaping an Abusive Marriage- An Interview with Samra Zafar

2021-03-12T06:05:48+00:00March 12th, 2021|Categories: anti-oppressive, children, covid-19, education, mental health, story, Women, youth|

By Loretta Bailey with contributions from Adonis Huggins – FOCUS    As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to plague almost every single country in the world, the issue of domestic violence is becoming a cause for concern among global leaders including in Canada. According to reports, domestic abuse cases are on the rise [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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