Health is both a deeply personal issue—how your body and mind operate and feel—and a systemic one, influenced by larger structural issues. The Walrus has explored some of the more intimate sides to health and wellness, such as how literature can be used to explore a person’s mental health concerns, to the broader picture, such as ways to improve the organ transplant system in Canada and beyond.

These are the conversations we were having this year:



COVID-19 Brings the Importance of Indoor Air Quality to the Forefront

BY JOHN LORINC
Until the COVID-19 pandemic, we rarely thought about indoor air quality as a serious health threat




Why Was the Lyme Disease Vaccine Tossed Away?

BY LAURA HENSLEY
It was pulled from the market almost immediately after it was developed in 1998. Twenty-five years later, the painful disease is on the rise




Textual Healing: The Novel World of Bibliotherapy

BY KATRYA BOLGER
How literature is helping people navigate mental health issues




Faith and Access: The Conflict inside Catholic Hospitals

BY WENDY GLAUSER
Why should publicly funded hospitals get to limit access on religious grounds?




How Two Doctors Are Hacking the Transplant System

BY KARIN OLAFSON
What if there were a better way to get life-saving organs to people who need them?




Youth for Youth: Mental Health & LGBTQ+ Youth

BY THE WALRUS LAB
Host Fey Trolitsch speaks to Fae Johnstone of Wisdom2Action about the multitude of factors that impact mental health—particularly in regard to more vulnerable and marginalized communities




The Conversation Piece: Were Pandemic Elder Deaths Preventable?

BY THE WALRUS
How agism is baked into our public policies

The Walrus Staff

New Year, New Stories

Hello and Happy 2023!
As we start this new year, we need you now more than ever. In these uncertain times, it is crucial that reliable media remains available to everyone. That is why we depend on your support to keep our journalism accessible and independent. From the economy to political polarization, the challenges our society is facing this year are too important for half truths. At The Walrus, the future of journalism is funded by engaged citizens like you. Together, we can preserve the integrity of Canadian media and ensure that our democracy thrives. Will you join us?
With thanks,
Jennifer Hollett
Executive Director
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