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Canadian teens stressed out

Students in Toronto report feeling stress and anxiety that drives them to tears and to lose sleep. A wide-ranging survey of 103,000 students by the Toronto District School Board found they are uncertain and worried about their future. These results will be used by the board to plan future strategy for its already-existing mental health services.

In answering questionnaires, almost 60 per cent of students in Grades 7 and 8 said they worried about their future all the time or sometimes. By high school the percentage grew to 73 per cent.

Teens reported feeling tired, having trouble concentrating or making decisions. Almost half didn’t believe they could get over their difficulties and one in three wanted to cry all the time.

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Prison solitary confinement policies draw experts to Winnipeg

The growing use of solitary confinement in Canadian federal prisons has a lot of people concerned. They say the use of segregation cells results in serious mental problems for the prisoners.

The use of segregation cells in federal penitentiaries has grown to 8,600 prisoners a year. That's up from 8,000 in 2010. On any given day in Canada, there are 14,700 inmates in federal prisons. Of that number, some 850 are in solitary confinement.

Opponents of the measures fear it will get worse as  Canada's Conservative Party government follows through on its get-tough-on-cirme agenda.

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Is the Holman print program worth saving? The evolution of the arts economy in the Canadian North

ULUKHAKTOK (Holman), Northwest Territories - Louie Nigiyok, a printmaker and artist from this remote Inuit community in Canada's western Arctic, starts his days pretty much the way that he always has since the 1980s.

He wakes up and makes his way to the local print studio, now housed at the Ulukhaktok Arts Centre.

After sweeping and tidying up, Nigiyok passes through the centre's gift shop, where his drawings and print works are displayed, to the centre's drawing studio.

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Ungava Gin a winner at recent World Spirits Competition

Ungava Canadian Premium Gin was honoured with “Best in Show” at the recent World Spirits Competition held in Austria. Last summer it took home two “Excellent” scores from New York City at the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge. 

The stand-out yellow liquid, in the bottle with the Inuktitut writing on it, is growing in popularity and developing a new generation of gin drinkers around the world. 

The idea began in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, with the proprietors of Domaine Pinnacle.  The ice-cider producers had moved into beverages using local maple syrup, and then they began thinking about gin.



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Montreal School Board's Art Treasures For Sale

The English Montreal School Board is saying good-bye to a trove of art treasures collected over the years. Formerly known as the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, it was often the recipient of gifts and donations of art in the past.  As far back as the 1930’s, it was not uncommon for parents, alumni, or indeed artists themselves to honour schools with gifts of art.

Then in the 1960’s, Anne Savage, a well-known painter herself and teacher at Montreal’s Baron Byng High School, helped acquire more works and donated some of her own pieces when she became curator of the collection.  Many of the paintings were hung in schools and on display in the Board’s head office in Montreal  The PSBGM Cultural Heritage Foundation was the non-profit group established to oversee the collection.

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