Canada Youth

Where Do Youth Go When Their Families Reject Them?

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

Today, May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) -- a global celebration of gender and sexual diversity. This year, 2017, the theme is focused on families. We know that family support is critical to the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S young people. We also know that not all LGBTQ2S young people receive support from their families of origin, and that the consequences of family rejection can have a lasting negative impact on youth.

We Need To Stand Up For Kids In Care

Valerie McMurtry | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Parents
Valerie McMurtry

Ontario has over 18,000 children living in care, the highest number of any province in Canada. These kids have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment and are trying to overcome past trauma in order to heal, thrive and go on to lead happy and healthy lives.

Ontario Must Think Like A Business To Keep Youth Pharmacare Costs Down

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

The Ontario Liberals have just announced a pharmacare plan targeted at youths aged 25 and under which will provide full coverage for a wide range of prescription drugs. This is welcome news, to be sure. But we must ensure that policies enacted today carry forward to the longer-term goal of equitable and cost-effective health care.

Fighting For Access To Education For Girls Around The World

Megan Radford | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

On Wednesday, April 12, Prime Minister Trudeau will present that citizenship to Malala Yousafzai. For young women across our country, it will be a moment of pride and hope. Her fearless stand is something Canada applauds. But recognizing her passion is not all Canada is doing to improve the lives of girls around the world.

Why The Government Should Be Investing In Youth Mentorship Programs

Suzanne Tough | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Parents
Suzanne Tough

The youth of any society constitute the promise of the future -- and many of our youth are in trouble. They are growing up in a divided society with ethnic, gender and political tensions at seemingly combustible proportions -- not just south of the border, but in Canada too.

How Youth Can Find Mental Health Help

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Finding mental health help for youth and their families should be simple, but it can actually be complicated and confusing. Which professional will be most helpful? Which program will provide the appropriate services? Sometimes there seem to be too many options and you may not know where to start. To make things more challenging, you may be directed from door to door to door, making it feel like no one wants to let you in.

Federal Funding For STEM Empowers A New Generation Of Canadians

Owen Charters | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Living
Owen Charters

The 2017 federal budget pledges an incredible $50 million over two years to teach young Canadians to code. This is a huge boost to support Canadians in developing the skills and creativity needed to compete and lead in the global innovation race.

There's An End In Sight In The Fight Against Mass Incarceration

Robyn Keystone | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Robyn Keystone

While we may not have the same incarceration numbers, private prisons or overt existence of a prison pipeline, Canada has seen an increase in incarceration over the last decade, and this population continues to be over-represented by black, brown and Latino youth. This highlights a need for open discussion.

End The Unfounded Paranoia Around Minors Scoring Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

The way the media and government treats the idea of minors and cannabis or minors and alcohol is very different. When a dispensary is alleged to have sold some cannabis to a minor, they face a police raid and harsh commentary in the media. But the daily sales to minors from liquor outlets is not treated like a big deal at all.

The Day I Learned That There's No One Face Of Youth Homelessness

360⁰kids | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

Nothing suggested this person was dealing with serious issues: they wore the coolest new sneakers, played video games late into the night, and often would speak in a mix of Internet jargon and meme jokes. There was no way this youth could be homeless, I thought.

This Is The Harsh Reality Of Youth Homelessness

360⁰kids | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

When there are no beds, homeless youth often resort to sleeping in garages, in abandoned trailers and buildings or even worse, in forests and fields and other hidden places across the region. They are vulnerable to illness, emotional trauma, criminal threats and violence.

Spoiling Your Teen Is Ruining Their Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

With Family Day fresh in my mind, I've been thinking about the way some teenagers are growing up these days. I see these kids all over. They're angry and frustrated, miserable and lost, and it's mainly the fault of their parents who've been letting them down.

What I Learned From Spending A Cold, Dark Night 'Homeless'

360⁰kids | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

A few winters ago, I spent one extraordinary night wandering the streets of York Region, experiencing first-hand what homeless youth from our community go through every night. Organizers wanted us to better understand what homeless youth in York Region face every night.

The Best Youth Crime Prevention Program? A Sense Of Belonging

Owen Charters | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Owen Charters

In communities disproportionately affected by violence, targeted prevention programs and mental health supports have a more focused impact. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has adopted a proven gang prevention outreach program, but it requires renewed funding and support.

What Seniors In Love Really Look Like

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Canadians are preparing to be inundated with feel-good stories of love and romance. From the excitement of puppy love to heartwarming tales of soulmates finding each other despite the odds, it seems that none of us are immune to the effects of Cupid's arrow. Despite all this, a common myth still pervades that love, romance and the need for companionship fade over time, and that as we grow older, we become less interested in keeping love alive.

The Princess At The Heart Of Bipolar Disorder

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It is well-known that heart disease is society's leading killer. In contrast, it is largely unrecognized that people with bipolar disorder are at particularly high risk of heart disease.

Entrust Youth With A Seat At The Decision-Making Table

Vasileios Tsianos | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Vasileios Tsianos

Never before has a generation been so connected and self-organized, yet mired in such anguishing asymmetry with older generations of leadership. If so many young leaders are already responsive, responsible and also effective, why do senior leaders worldwide prevent them from joining them?

The Changing State Of My Mother Tongue

TamilCulture | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

When I was a kid, I wasn't up on a Saturday morning watching cartoons while eating fruit loops. Instead, like many Tamil children, I was usually half asleep trying to learn the language that I first learned to speak. I didn't hate going to Tamil school because I missed out on cartoons. I think I hated going because it was a hard language to learn.

Becoming A Better Parent

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I guess one could say that my professional background makes me well qualified for this parenting job, but I must admit that I have had my fair share of humbling moments when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I have moments when I feel I rock it as a parent, and then other moments when I hang my head and know I could have handled something much better. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement.

B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.

3 Things I Learned From President Obama's Speech In Athens

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

The whole speech was an hymn for democracy, aiming to remind us that after all this time, since democracy was first born here in Greece, its flame still fuels the progress of our society. He reminded us that democracy is neither perfect, nor complete.

Heartbroken By The System? Apathy Is Not The Answer

Caro Loutfi | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Caro Loutfi

Watching the challenges of misogyny, sexism, racism, discrimination, poverty, and unemployment play out on centre stage in the United States has heightened the awareness that the same issues are still alive and well in our own country. The impact that a prime minister or president can have on the issues we care about is more than immense.

Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. Canada is positioned to play a strategic role as a leader on the international development stage, and this means that integrating youth leaders into global discourses, particularly relating to health, is vital.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

Centring Youth Voices In Media Coverage Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

Children and youth under the age of 18 are the most at risk for sexual assault in Canada, followed by young people aged 18-24, according to Statistics Canada. This issue is critically important to young people, but so often, older adult voices are prioritized.