African-produced film on AIDS premiers in Toronto

African-produced film on AIDS premiers in Toronto

By Lincoln DePradine The world’s attention was riveted on the AIDS epidemic and the HIV virus in the 1980s. Further global spotlight was grabbed in 1991 when Earvin “Magic’’ John, the basketball superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers, retired abruptly after announcing that he had contracted HIV. It’s been 28 years since Johnson’s announcement and AIDS […]

Four in five adolescents don’t exercise enough: WHO

Four in five adolescents don’t exercise enough: WHO

FOCUS ON HEALTH Four in five adolescents don’t exercise enough: WHO Four in five adolescents worldwide do not get enough physical activity, to the detriment of their health, the World Health Organization said last week, warning that girls especially need more exercise. In its first ever report on global trends for adolescent physical activity, the […]

Black youth in foster care need culturally sensitive essentials

Black youth in foster care need culturally sensitive essentials

Staff Writer A petition has been started that can change the lives of Black youth in foster care by the Natural Kids Movement to inform Minister Todd Smith (Ontario Minister of Children, Community & Social Services) of the problem and how it can be addressed. In 2014, the Toronto Star revealed that 41% of youth […]

Jamaica to set up shelters for victims of gender-based violence

Jamaica to set up shelters for victims of gender-based violence

Jamaica’s government is building up to three state-run covers for casualties of sexual orientation-based savagery. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has just finished the acquisition of one property to fill in as a national safe house. What’s more, Minister Olivia Grange said the administration is currently completing the procedure to gain the […]

Sickle Cell Christmas party set for this Sunday

Sickle Cell Christmas party set for this Sunday

Families living with Sickle Cell Anemia will have a chance to socialize and bond with each other at the annual Sickle Cell Community Children’s Christmas Party, on Sunday December 8. The 38 year-old Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is co-hosting the Party with the Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario and Camp Jumoke. Vice President […]

New type of e-cigarette vaping injury described

New type of e-cigarette vaping injury described

A research case report describing lung injury related to e-cigarette use in a 17-year-old Canadian may be the first documented case of a new form of damage from vaping products. The article, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides new evidence on forms of lung injury that can result from vaping. Recently, several cases […]

Weed decriminalising bill goes to T&T Parliament

Weed decriminalising bill goes to T&T Parliament

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinidad and Tobago government last Monday formally informed Parliament of its intention to introduce legislation allowing for the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal and other purposes. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, in a statement, said the introduction of the legislation forms part of the “most aggressive and profound reformations of […]

OECS Commission Celebrates World Diabetes Day

OECS Commission Celebrates World Diabetes Day

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, through the Health Unit, has joined the rest of the World in commemorating World Diabetes Day held on November 14th, 2019, under the theme “Family and Diabetes”. Despite the efforts made by multiple national, regional and international stakeholders to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), NCDs remain the number […]

Children who accuse their teachers of racism should never be ignored

Children who accuse their teachers of racism should never be ignored

Kuba Shand-Baptiste   We’ve come a long way from the days of telling children that they should be seen and not heard. Once a display of insubordination, in 2019 the audacity of piping up at the dinner table or offering unsolicited opinions is no longer considered a punishable offence for a child. Thankfully, that much-needed […]

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