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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I’m reviewing a very good book on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – for children. This book was translated from French and was written by a Psychiatrist from Quebec who specializes in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dr. Annick Vincent. My Brain Needs Glasses: Living with Hyperactivity is well-translated and very understandable. It is written so …

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A New Year begins tomorrow and many families will likely resolve to spend extra time together. However, just after the holidays you may also be thinking about keeping spending down. An inexpensive activity that is shown to improve mental health, and that can give your family some positive and meaningful experiences, is volunteering. I am …

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Sunday afternoon, as I was running around my kitchen cooking, the doorbell rang. It was late in the day for a salesperson, and not really a reasonable time for sales, either. There are Spanish-speaking Christmas Carol Singers who visit homes in my neighbourhood and I thought, “They’re here!” I opened the door happily expectantly and …

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Last week in Ottawa, 650 people slept out to raise money to support a local agency’s efforts to help homeless youth. The agency was Youth Services Bureau and, with their shelter system and other support services, they have the most robust assistance for homeless youth in Ottawa. Youth Services Bureau’s Sleep Out event does more …

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Since the announcement last Thursday that the Ontario Child Advocate’s office would be closed, many groups have expressed their concern that the voice of children and youth in Ontario will be silenced. Many have made an impassioned plea to Premier Ford and his government to reverse this decision. Rather than reiterate their concerns, let me …

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My weeks in the middle of October are crowded with patients – often patients I am not supposed to see since they are over 18 and my program does not extend beyond 18 years. These patients, however, know me and I know them. They turn first to someone they know, and I have told them …

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