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Understanding the Impact of Stigma

Most of us know someone affected by addiction. Statistics on overdose-related deaths show us that the opioid crisis is affecting Canadians from all walks of life. But those affected continue to feel stigmatized. Stigma can have a major impact on the quality of life of people who use substances, experience…

ASYR’s *Modified* Holiday Hours

Please be advised of ASYR’s modified schedule for the Holiday Season: Monday, December 24th – 9am – 4pm Tuesday, December 25th – CLOSED Wednesday, December 26th – CLOSED Thursday, December 27th – 9am – 5pm Friday, December 28th – 9am – 5pm Monday, December 31st – 9am – 4pm Tuesday, January 1st – CLOSED Wednesday, January 2nd – 9am – 5pm Thursday, January 3rd – 9am – 5pm…

Support ASYR on Giving Tuesday

SUPPORT ASYR ON GIVING TUESDAY ASYR welcomes the support of private donors, community groups, foundations and trusts, corporate supporters, and local businesses. Each year, we treat thousands of clients throughout York Region and surrounding areas, but the need for help in our community continues to grow. This year, our Giving…

Health Canada Wants to Hear What You Have to Say About Substance Use

Consultation on strengthening Canada’s approach to substance use issues The purpose of this consultation is to ask Canadians for new and innovative ideas on how to further strengthen the federal government’s health-focussed approach to substance use issues through the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS). How to participate Use the online…

Happy National Take a Hike Day!

On November 17, wear your most comfortable hiking shoes and take a hike because it is Take A Hike Day. Take a Hike Day was established to encourage groups of families and friends to get out into the wild and really get a taste of what it means to be…

Why is Age of First Use of Alcohol so Critically Important?

Kids who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that 47% of those who began drinking before age 15…

We Remember. Remembrance Day 2018.

On November 11, please join us as we observe a moment of silence to honour the courage, valour and sacrifice of the heroes who have served – and continue to serve – Canada during times of war and conflict. Let us never forget Remembrance Day is about showing our respect…

Self-Compassion: Being Kinder to Yourself

Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like. First, to have compassion for others you must notice that they are suffering. If you ignore that homeless person on the street, you can’t feel compassion for how…

Daylight Saving Time Ends – Sunday, November 4, 2018

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead. On Sunday, Canadians will be turning their clocks backward one hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. It heralds the beginning shift into shorter daylight hours and a cooler season. On…

Marijuana, Yes it’s Legal – What You Need to Know!

The Cannabis Act is now law and came into force on October 17th, 2018. The only legal way to purchase marijuana is through the Ontario Cannabis Store. Important Points The Act controls and regulates how cannabis is grown, distributed and sold. Canadians are able to purchase fresh or dried cannabis,…