Highlights / youth

Environment & Animal Life

Youths want to sue Canada over climate change inaction

An environmental group has applied to launch a class action suit against the government of Canada alleging ‘its greenhouse gas reduction target is not ambitious enough to avoid dangerous climate change.” ENvironnement JEUnesse is based in the province of Quebec »

Health, International

E-cigarette use among teens grows dramatically

U.S. health authorities want to reduce the number of young people using e-cigarettes and so, plan to restrict sales of flavoured e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations.  In the face of this pressure, Juul Labs Inc. announced it will »

Health, Society

Cannabis use linked to increased risk of psychosis, warn professors

Scientific studies indicate that using cannabis increases the risk for later development of psychosis such as schizophrenia, and the earlier the use, the greater the risk, warn two professors of psychiatry. Psychosis is a family of psychiatric disorders that produce »

Society

School’s out, keep the kids busy, advises author

Schools close in June for summer vacation in Canada and younger children often go to day camps that may involve sports, music, computer skills, drama or other activities. Most parents get only two or three weeks of vacation which they »

Health, Society

Poverty affects one in five children in Canada, says UN charity

Canada may be a wealthy country, but 20 per cent of its children and youth live in poverty, says UNICEF Canada, and it is asking Canadians to help. ‘Shocking for a country as wealthy’ “It’s something which is shocking for »

Health, Society

Mental health stigma eased at youth events

It was the suicide of a best friend three years ago that prompted Loizza Aquino to start organizing events for young people to talk about mental health issues. She was just 15 at the time and his death was one »

Immigration & Refugees

Canada drops fees for independent minors seeking citizenship

People who are under 18 years old and seeking Canadian citizenship on their own will pay significantly less for their application fees. On June 19, 2017 the government changed the law to make it easier for minors to apply even »

Society

Ontario acts on violence against blacks

Three groups are getting government funding to help reduce violence for black children, youth and families in the province of Ontario. The campaigns will work on prevention by looking at the root causes of violence. One project called Innovate Inclusion »

Politics, Society

Liberals launch initial phase of Canada Service Corps

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today the launch of the initial phase of Canada Service Corps, a new national youth service initiative designed to ‘build a culture of service’ in young Canadians. Canada Service Corps is aimed at encouraging young »

Health, Society

Beloved Montreal priest dies

Father Emmet Johns was a priest in Montreal, but one who’s “chapel” was mostly the downtown streets of the city. His death at age 89 was announced this past weekend. In 1988, after a lifetime as a parish priest, at »