This Toronto social worker is seeing a surge of anxiety and depression in kids

“I see kids as young as eight in my practice who self-harm or are experiencing suicidal thoughts”

An impossible job: What it’s like to work in a pediatric ICU

“No child should be denied a ventilator or bed, yet these are the kinds of decisions we were having to make”

I run a food bank. We’ve seen a 60 per cent increase in demand.

“Clients are telling us they’re considering medically assisted death or suicide because they can’t live in grinding poverty anymore.”

I’ve only been a nurse for eight months. The chaos is killing me.

Jacelyn Wingerter is a Saskatchewan hospital nurse facing the impossible. “We have 35 beds in our department, and 100 patients needing treatment.”

Pandemic puppies have a major anxiety problem

All those dogs Canadians adopted during the pandemic? They’re a little undersocialized now.

(Courtesy of Jillian Horton)

Getting through the pandemic one Archie comic at a time

Jillian Horton: Every night at bedtime my son and I read Archie. Amid the brutal COVID disruptions, I feel viscerally what he is drawn to: the containment of it all.

An empty schoolyard in Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 4, 2022 (Lars Hagberg/CP)

The cruel, ridiculous reality of ‘virtual learning’

Shannon Proudfoot: What does online school actually look like? It’s an impossible balancing act that’s ruining kids and parents alike. And it’s not okay.

Flight cancelations are seen on the information board at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 30, 2021. Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new Omicron coronavirus variant. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)

Omicron cases start to climb as WHO warns the variant poses a ‘high infection risk’

Politics Insider for Nov. 30, 2021: New cases in Canada; a military apology; and Steven Guilbeault’s bicycle

Families watch planes on the tarmac at Johannesburg's OR Tambo's airport, Nov. 29, 2021. WHO urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new Omicron variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Omicron: Here’s what we know so far about the latest variant of concern

Vaxx Populi: From how vulnerable Canada is to what the vaccine makers are doing in response, here’s what we know about the newest variant of concern

The CoVaRR-Net rapid response network was set up to analyze the variants quickly (Photograph by John Kealey)

The team of scientists guarding Canada against COVID variants—’the known unknown’

The Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network will serve as Canada’s early warning system for variants that could hurl us back into pandemic misery

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Chief Public Health Officer Theresa on November 26, 2021 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The COVID-19 variant Omicron is in Ottawa; and WHO disputes travel restrictions

Politics Insider for Nov. 29, 2021: A worrying new COVID variant is here; an inflation fight; and some Ryan Reynolds