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POLICY - HEALTH
What is needed is a more comprehensive education campaign that will reach large numbers of Canadians to help them incorporate mental health awareness and sensitivity into their daily lives, writes Kathleen Finlay. Unsplash photograph by Anthony Tran

COVID-19 is causing a national mental health crisis and Canada needs a national response

The tragic death by suicide of a frontline physician ought to raise red flags about the mental health pressures of the pandemic. Will it?
The sooner health-care workers in Canada and in every country in the world, along with Canadian humanitarian workers battling COVID-19 overseas, are vaccinated, the sooner we will all be able to return to normal life.
Government spending on mental health services since the pandemic’s start has not directly included or addressed the unique and growing needs of grieving Canadians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that CERB recipients who had received warning letters from the CRA but had acted in ‘good faith’ wouldn’t be penalized, and told them not to worry about repayments this year.
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While not as radical as the anti-vaxxers, those who are hesitant once presented a danger only to their children; now, in COVID times, they are a threat to all of us.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said once Moderna’s vaccine gets Health Canada approval, deliveries could begin within 48 hours—with up to 168,000 this month.
‘With vaccine procurement, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel,’ says Anita Anand as the first Pfizer shipment of 30,000 doses arrived in Canada and vaccinations began.
Opinion|Ian Boeckh
Youth everywhere in Canada deserve access to high-quality, integrated mental health services and this should be even more widely recognized. All provinces and territories should be supporting these services.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
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Opinion|Scott Taylor
You wouldn’t hire a dentist to fix your plumbing or a plumber to fix your teeth, so why a soldier to hand out medicine?
Opinion|Erica Ifill
We’re getting a lot of finger-waving, personal responsibility crap, which has always been a strawman argument to ignore the systemic and systematic failures in response to a global pandemic.
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Opinion|Stella Naw
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Striking a special or joint committee to study the MAID law makes more sense than sending it to a standing committee, say NDP and Liberal MPs.
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Opinion|Ruth Ross
The changing and evolving landscape of cannabis use has intensified the need for answers and has raised new questions.
The percentage may be too high for some, but the predicted escalation in the number of young people indulging in cannabis use as a result of legalization has not materialized.
The PMPRB’s recent experience, which saw the new guidelines challenged in court by the pharmaceutical industry, provides a glimpse of the challenge ahead.
Given what we now know about the insidious way cannabis regulation has historically been a vehicle for systemic racism in Canada, a legislative review without a racial equity impact assessment would be negligent.
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