We look at our kids and always worry about the little things: Are they eating enough greens? Do they spend too much time in front of a screen? Are they experimenting with cigarettes? Alcohol? Other drugs? Are they doing their homework? Are they popular among their peers? And the list goes on…
The Papadopoulos family* is a typical Canadian family in many ways. Helen and John are hard-working parents of three growing boys. Helen’s parents, Gus and Georgia, live with them. A family of seven, spread over three generations.
As Express Scripts Canada unveils its flagship Prescription Drug Trend Report, there is much cause for optimism. The rapid spending increases that had become the norm over more than a decade, and threatened the long-term sustainability of our treasured drug plans, seem to be held at bay once again, for the third year in a row.
With all the problems that we have to deal with in the modern world, from traffic jams to climate change, from bullying to terrorism, there is one problem that is tied into all the others, that affects almost everyone, that often leads to illness and devalues our quality of life. But stress doesn’t always get a fair shake as far as problems go. We fundraise to fight cancer and hold marches to increase awareness of homophobia, but it’s very hard to find a politician going on about stress.
On a September day in 2007, two grade twelve students in Nova Scotia changed the world. That day, they observed a grade nine student being bullied and harassed because he decided to wear a pink shirt for the first day of school. The grade nine student was gay, the bullies were straight, but that didn’t stop the duo from taking action.