Demand for youth mental health services on the rise, study finds

Demand for youth mental health services in Canada is on the rise according to a recent investigation by the Toronto Star and the Ryerson School of Journalism. Data collected from youth across the country reveals a dramatic increase in both the number of young people seeking mental health services, and the costs associated with meeting the demand. The study surveyed 15 Canadian colleges and universities, and found that all but one have increased their mental health budgets over the past fivew years, with the average increase being 35 per cent. The investigation also included a major survey of 25,164 Ontario university students by the American College Health Association, which found that between 2013 and 2016, there was a 50 per […]

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Q+A: The Toronto Star’s Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan is an award-winning investigative reporter from the Toronto Star. In October, he released a book, Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Story, which explores his investigation behind Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault case. He discussed the book, the case, and highlights from his long career in conversation with The Charlatan. The Charlatan (TC): Why don’t we start by talking about Secret Life. After your investigation, what made you want to publish a book about it? Kevin Donovan (KD): I thought the story we did, the investigative stories in the Star brought forward a lot of the major issues, but I felt a book was necessary to tie it all together. Particularly because I wanted to go deep into the trial, […]

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Kevin Donovan speaks on the importance of investigative journalism

The Toronto Star’s chief investigative reporter, Kevin Donovan, spoke to a crowded room of journalists, students, and faculty March 12. Donovan delivered the 16th annual Kesterton Lecture where he outlined the importance of investigative journalism in Canadian media and offered some words of advice to students hoping to pursue a career in journalism. Susan Harada, associate director of the School of Journalism and Communication, introduced the event followed by the school’s newest hire, Aneurin Bosley, who worked previously with Donovan at the Star. “He is demonstrably one of the best investigative journalists working in Canada today,” Bosley said. And with that, Donovan took the stage. He said he ran the speech by the guy who was fixing the heater in […]

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