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February 23, 2021

Youth and Substance use During COVID-19

Physical distancing measures have been an important tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19. These measures, however, are having dire implications on people who use substances – a population that is seeing record number deaths from drug overdose in the last year. Media attention of the overdose crisis has focused on adults, even though in […]

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February 19, 2021

Declining Mental Health of Canadian Youth

Canadian youth have been having a difficult time maintaining positive mental health as social isolation continues. The feeling of being disconnected from others has caused some youth to have heightened social anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and to be lacking motivation.  The loss of extracurricular activities, such as sports and school clubs, have left many youth […]

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February 12, 2021

The Banning of Birth Alerts in Saskatchewan

Provinces throughout Canada are taking action to end the controversial practice of birth alerts. The Northwest Territories has instituted a ban on birth alerts more than a decade ago. Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon followed suit in 2019. Having the highest per capita rate of children in care in Canada, Manitoba ended their practice of […]

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February 8, 2021

Have a Heart Day: February 14

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event in Canada that occurs on February 14 to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to grow up in a safe home, receive a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.  COVID-19 has changed the way Have a Heart […]

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February 5, 2021

Need for Affordable Housing for Children, Youth, and Families in Vulnerable Contexts

Housing is not often affordable for youth and families in vulnerable contexts. A new 10-unit apartment complex in Charlottetown, P.E.I. has been built to support youth transitioning out of care at age 18. Youth ‘aging out’ of care may report feeling as though they have nowhere to go or that they do not currently hold […]

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