Gambling

It’s so unsettled now.COVID-19 cases are increasing and experts and politicians are sending signals that are meant to deter us:“The second wave is here!”“The number of cases is the highest since May.”“There are outbreaks again in Long Term Care.”Political leaders are holding briefings of the kind we saw in March when fear was at its…

Drills

In Canada, we are worried about our children returning to school safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are worried about keeping everyone safe. I know I am. I have so many questions. Will we be able to convince youth to wear masks? Are we doing enough? Are we forgetting anything? How will…

Help From Around the World

COVID-19 has isolated us very effectively. We are all in our own “bubbles” in every sense of the word and isolation can magnify our problems by giving us the impression that we are alone to find solutions. For myself, I see my neighbours preparing with their children for a return to school and hear their…

Addiction and the Pandemic

For most jurisdictions where they were legal, alcohol and marijuana were available at every stage of the pandemic. In North America, the shops selling marijuana and alcohol were deemed an “essential service” which meant that they were open throughout the pandemic, in the same way as grocery stores and pharmacies were open. Even in news…

Parenting and Marijuana

Isn’t that a title that captures your attention? But this essay is not about the first thing that might naturally come to mind with the title Parenting and Marijuana. This is my way of introducing the two topics that I want to spend the summer considering. I have spent the last four months writing about…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 56

Of all the changes from a Youth Inpatient Unit to an Adult Unit, the one change that is most distressing to me is patients’ addictions to nicotine. Many patients who are transferred to this new unit from other community hospitals are most concerned about whether they will be able to smoke. As a Youth Psychiatrist,…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 24

Every day I look at all the COVID-19 news and statistics that I can find. I’ve turned into one of those people busy checking every online report and comparing data. I’m not surfing news channels yet, but it’s close. I read about the trends in COVID-19 infection. I’m relieved to hear that, in British Columbia…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 8

This morning after reading the newspapers, I couldn’t stop thinking about the difficult situation in New York State and New York City. I read articles from the Ottawa Citizen and the New York Times. There are over 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in New York State with almost one half of the cases in New York…