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People are showing a level of empathy I've never seen before

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020

In the best of times, we can feel isolated from our friends, neighbours and community, even from the world.

The current crisis spread fast, even to the most remote parts of the world. It makes us realize we are all the same. We are all human. We may have our own ways of coping, but we all share the same emotions: love-hate, joy-sadness, confidence-fear. I see a great equanimity evolving and compassion and empathy that I have not seen before.

I've observed humanity in recent days...

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Staying busy with the kids gets me through the day

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2020

I have two small children so I think what has helped me most during this time is a routine. It's really helpful for me while I manage my busy days with my three and a half year old and my one year old.

It's really hard for me to get any time to myself so I use tools that I can do with the kids.

We listen to music every morning. It gets us in a good mood to start the day. I work on small goals with the kids like cleaning, gardening, school work, etc. I make sure to shower, brush...

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Make Nature Your Happy Place

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2020

This is a time when a lot of individuals have been afforded the time to try new things they may never have before. It is a time to experience things intensely at a high level, on a new scale. It is a time to get to know yourself better and to notice all that is around you and be thankful and grateful for that opportunity. Gratefulness is the precursor to joy and in that sense gratitude will allow you to feel simple joyfulness. 

I am not rich and I don’t have anything...

How Can LGBTQ2 People Live Meaningfully and with Purpose?

Posted Tuesday, March 03, 2020

By David Collict, Vanier Scholar and PhD Student in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at OISE | University of Toronto

*Note: this article uses the terms “LGBTQ2 community” and “queer community” interchangeably to refer to sexual and gender minority people.

I care very much about the LGBTQ2 community. I believe in supporting queer people however we can. As a gay man, and ally to other members of the community, I feel that it’s important that...

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Local food bank facing growing clientele and challenges

Posted Wednesday, February 26, 2020

By Marney Beck Robinson, volunteer and board member 

Now in its 34th year of operation, 2019 was both a very good and very tough year for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank.

It was very good and rewarding in that the non-profit, registered charity was recognized with two awards: both the Richmond Hill Board of Trade Best Non-Profit Award and the Town of Richmond Hill’s Community Organization of the Year Award.

Both are a tribute to the 60+ volunteers who stock shelves...

Richmond Hill Community Food Bank