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The Great Dictator Returns : Let’s Love Ourselves!

By Portage | 05-18-2018

Frank Gjata, inspired by the famous Great Dictator Speech written by Charlie Chaplin in 1940, wrote this speech imagining what message Chaplin might deliver to us if he were alive today. It’s been a long time since I addressed you, a very long time. It was a dismal time. I shared with you how greed… Read more »


Humanity in Nursing

By Portage | 05-09-2018

My Strong Interest in Mental Health and Addiction I can still remember that morning in August 2014. For several weeks, I had been looking for a job that would fit my interest in mental health and substance abuse. I had been getting refusal letters every day, competition among nurses being so fierce. But that day,… Read more »

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Effects and Harms of Cannabis: Misconceptions among Youth

By Portage | 04-16-2018

Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among Canadians aged 15 to 24, and is more commonly used by youth in Canada than in any other country, according to a study done by UNICEF (2013)[1]. Even more alarming is the fact that many Canadian youth are not properly educated about the effects and harms… Read more »

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From Pot Smoker to Lamplighter

By Portage | 04-16-2018

It all began very innocently… I was fourteen when I smoked my first joint. I lived in an outlying region and it was our way of having fun among friends on the weekend. During the week, I studied hard, I got good grades, I was into sports and I had a good social life. I… Read more »

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Access to Youth Services : Portage Innovates

By Portage | 03-20-2018

Responding quickly to youth and parents who require assistance is a major challenge for all partners in the youth drug-rehabilitation sector. Last year, the managers of Portage’s drug addiction rehabilitation program for youth at Lac Écho initiated discussions with counsellors, partners, youth and parents to develop a project aimed at improving access to youth services…. Read more »

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The Second Chance of a Drug-Addicted Mother

By Portage | 03-08-2018

A drug-addicted mother, like any other mom, wishes for the happiness of her children. However, she faces greater challenges than other mothers, in part because she must attend to her particular needs, as well as those of her child. Portage’s Mother & Child program allows her to do both, because it does not separate her… Read more »

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