Election season is here, so why not some healthy debate?
Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health has released an election primer for citizens, ahead of the Oct. 24 municipal election.
The document does not endorse any particular candidate but instead highlights health issues it recommends people educate themselves on, as they decide who to vote for.
In an open letter, Medical Officer of Health Ethan Toumishey said there are four key health issues municipal leaders have the power to address. They are income and cost of living, housing and homelessness, mental health and substance use and building inclusive communities.
The primer highlights points citizens can question candidates on. It says the rising cost of living and housing are affecting health. It also advocates for building more inclusive communities, as many people are feeling isolated and lonely. The primer says mental health issues and substance use are impacting communities and municipalities can implement policies that reduce their harm.