Youth with no measles vaccination records alarmingly high in Ontario

A new study shows parts of Ontario are ripe for a measles outbreak. A report from Public Health Ontario said three per cent of seven to 17-year-olds have no record of vaccinations. The organization wasn’t sure if that meant they weren’t vaccinated at all or just behind.  While the percentage may seem small at first, it represents 10’s of the thousands of kids across the province.

Feds helping Ontario battle drug-impaired driving

The Canadian government is making the fight against drug-impaired driving in Ontario a priority. The feds are providing 17 million to the province to put towards various anti-drug driving initiatives over the next five years. Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said the plan is to have 40 per cent of all front line police officers trained in field sobriety testing by 2021.

Anti-Semitic harassment a growing concern in Canada

Antisemitism is on the rise in Canada for the third straight year. A report from B’nai Birth saw a 16.5 per cent rise in anti-semantic harassment, vandalism and violence with over 2,000 incidents across the country last year. That is 300 more than in 2017. The report added most of the harassment was through social media. It said 80 percent of those incidents were through social media and ranged from malicious sentiments to threats of violence and calls for genocide.

Canadian led study on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome published

Orphans, inmates and Indigenous groups are the most at risk for Fetal alcohol syndrome. That’s according to a Canadian led study published today. The report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health covered nearly 70 studies across 17 countries. It identified five subpopulations found to have 10 to 40 times higher chance of the disorder.

Youth suicide sees 19 year high in U.S.

Teen suicides rose to a 19 year high in the U.S. and a Netflix series is being blamed. Since the show 13 Reasons Why’s release in March 2017 there were almost 200 more youth suicides than usual after considering historical and seasonal trends. April of 2017 alone saw 190 U.S. youths take their own lives at a rate 30 per cent higher than the five years previous.