Health care providers who work with children and youth – and veterinary health care professionals – are beginning to be concerned about the cannabis industry’s approach to cannabis edibles. As I have written previously, I had hoped that the approach to the legalization of marijuana would be mindful of public health and both provincial and …

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Since cannabis has now been legalized in Canada and 33 American states, many parents of teens are seeking resources to assist them in their conversations with their own adolescent children. I have completed some research on various easily accessible resources and wanted to share these, along with some thoughts as to why I like them. …

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School is out and, for many teens, the pressure of academic performance is gone. Just last week, one of my colleagues noted that there were fewer referrals and many youth were planning monthly instead of weekly sessions. It seems as if summer means a break from mental illness as well as from school. As well …

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Teenagers ask all kinds of questions, about anything if you invite them, and so I wasn’t surprised to be asked many questions about hate last Friday. Last Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand is very frightening for people of all ages. For many of the questions I was asked, I had some answers. I …

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I had my first experience with bullying when I was 5 years old. Struggling with my high energy and tendency to experiment with dangerous household items, my mother was able to convince the school principal to let me start Grade 1 early. I was noticeably shorter than all the other kids around me and by …

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Prelude to my next 3 blogs: in the last months, I have been very moved by stories and workshops that have made me think about my personal journey toward Truth and Reconciliation. Since I work with youth, who must continue the journey for all of us toward Truth and Reconciliation, I want to provide families …

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