By Dylan Cohen aboriginal, Canada, children's health, children's wellbeing, first nations, foster care, government care, indigenous, indigenous children, indigenous youth, kids in care, native, podcast
Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca. Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]
By Monique Potvin Kent advertising, Canadian children, child obesity rates, Childhood obesity, children, children's health, food advertisting, Healthy choices, junk food, kids, Obesity, obesity epidemic, Obesity prevention, obesity trends
New study shows Canadian kids see more than 25 million online food and beverage ads a year — mostly for junk food A version of this commentary appeared in Policy Options, the Hamilton Spectator and the Waterloo Region Record Dear Parents, I’m writing you because you may be in the dark about the amount of unhealthy […]
By Chris Harper child and family services, child development, Child poverty, Child well-being, children, children in care, children's health, first nations children, Low-income children
Last year at a camp in southern New Brunswick I met Evan. Before turning eight, he had bounced from foster home to foster home. He was sent to camp without a bathing suit or sufficient lunch. Regardless, Evan smiled constantly, excelled in school and had a striking sense of compassion. I still think about Evan all the time — what allowed him to thrive in spite of the cards he had been dealt?
By Avram Denburg children, children's health, income, income tax, Low-income children, social determinants of health
More of Canada’s children are living in poverty than ever before. A new report reveals that child poverty rates in Canada remain unconscionably high.
By Marni Brownell and Neeta das McMurtry child and family services, children, children's health, first nations, first nations children, foster care, Low-income children, maltreatment
What happens to kids who authorities determine can’t live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now. Many go into foster homes, while others go into other types of out-of-home care on behalf of child welfare agencies. But we don’t know how many, nor do we know how well they are doing.
By Marni Brownell and Neeta das McMurtry child and family services, childhood education, children, children's health, Education in Manitoba, first nations, first nations children, foster care, Low-income children, maltreatment
Six advocates for First Nations children have gone on a symbolic hunger strike at the Manitoba Legislature to try to raise awareness across the country about Manitoba’s broken child welfare system. Why? Well, here’s one fact that should make most Canadians sit up and take notice
By Martin Offringa and Terry P. Klassen children, children's health, drug efficacy, drug safety, medication, prescription drugs
Almost a year has passed since an important report was released on ways Canada needs to improve medicines for children. The report was commissioned by Health Canada and undertaken by the Council of Canadian Academies after many alarms were sounded by experts in the community.
By Jan Hux Canada, children, children's health, diabetes, diabetic child, drugs, education, epidemic, health promotion, pre-diabetes, public school system, public schools, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes
Summer is a time to put thoughts of school aside, but some families are already worrying about September. For parents of kids with diabetes, the beginning of each new school year brings not only the usual preparations, but also fears for their child’s health and safety.
By Lita Cameron and Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones Child poverty, children, children's health, health risks, Homelessness in Canada, kids, low income, orthiopaedic, poverty
As a medical student taking part in a Social Paediatrics course at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), I was recently immersed in the lives and healthcare needs of low-income families in Toronto. This experience reshaped the lens through which I now view healthcare and helped me recognize that societal factors greatly influence the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and their families.
By Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, Child health, children, children's health, health advice, health risks, measles, Podcasts, risks, unvaccinated, vaccination
Will the cost of senior care in Canada one day break the bank? Probably not, contrary to common perceptions.