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Social issues & social justice

Where Race and Mental Health Collide

Image by John Hain from Pixabay Like so many other things in this world, race shouldn't be an issue when it comes to mental health, but it is.  I'm not talking about biological effects associated with race like genetic susceptibilities to certain illnesses, but rather the impact of socially imposed ideas about race, and the lack of equality… Continue reading Where Race and Mental Health Collide

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Social issues & social justice

Is healthcare a right or a privilege?

Is access to healthcare a right that should be shared by all people regardless of socioeconomic status?  Or is it a privilege that belongs to those who can afford to pay? Growing up in Canada, all I ever knew was a public healthcare system.  There is no charge to see a doctor or to be… Continue reading Is healthcare a right or a privilege?

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Social issues & social justice

Who Gets to Decide Others’ Identities?

Trans pride flag Last week, I heard in the news that the Vatican released a statement essentially saying that transgender identities simply doesn't exist.  It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that this was done during Pride Month. Dismissing transgender identities brings to mind a similar question to what's raised by the abortion debate bubbling… Continue reading Who Gets to Decide Others’ Identities?

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Mental health, Social issues & social justice

We all deserve a roof over our heads

According to the Homeless Hub, 30-35% experiencing homelessness have a mental illness.  Among women, that figure jumps to 70%.  How does society allow this to happen to some of our most vulnerable people?  Housing is a basic fundamental need that all people should be able to access.  Why are people with mental illness disproportionately represented… Continue reading We all deserve a roof over our heads

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Mental health, Social issues & social justice

I Have a Pre-Existing Condition

As a Canadian, the fact that I have a pre-existing health condition doesn't affect my ability to access basic healthcare. Our health care system certainly isn't perfect, but our publicly funded system costs a heck of a lot less than the privatized system in the United States.  Unfortunately, things look like they could get a… Continue reading I Have a Pre-Existing Condition

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Social issues & social justice

Why Feminism Helps All of Us

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay It's easy to think of feminism as something that's solely about boosting up the status of women.  I would argue, though, that feminism is something that can lift us all up. Gender stereotypes Feminist beliefs may be enacted in different ways, but at its core feminism recognizes how women have been disadvantaged… Continue reading Why Feminism Helps All of Us

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Social issues & social justice

Earth Day and Social Justice

Tomorrow (April 22nd) is Earth Day.  The Earth Day Network has announced that this year's theme is Protect Our Species.  Human activity is having an unprecedented toll on the earth's species diversity due to things like climate change, pollution, and deforestation and other habitat loss. Bees play an important role worldwide through pollination, yet their… Continue reading Earth Day and Social Justice

Consent infographic: consent is clear, coherent, willing, ongoing
Social issues & social justice

Why don’t more people understand consent?

Source: SUNO When it comes to sexual interactions, it seems like the notion of consent should be pretty simple. Yes means yes, no means no, easy peasy, right?  Except obviously, it's not that simple for a disturbingly large number of people, which begs the question, how have we gotten it so wrong as a society that… Continue reading Why don’t more people understand consent?

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Social issues & social justice

Should Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Rx Drugs Be Banned?

In many countries, direct to consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs is either prohibited or tightly restricted.  The United States is a notable exception, along with New Zealand.  For tv ads, the standard pattern is to talk about the illness, talk about the amazing benefits of the drug, and then provide the required long list… Continue reading Should Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Rx Drugs Be Banned?