Youth Day 2020 wear a mask

Dr. Tam calls on kids to be role models on International Youth Day

Friends don’t let friends show face.

In 1999, the United Nations made Aug. 12 International Youth Day, and this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, youth have faced substantial challenges, notably the stupidity of some adults and some of their peers. Federal public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam took the opportunity to encourage kids to be “influencers” by urging their friends and family to wear a mask and stay safe as the pandemic persists (and as a new school year looms for many in a couple of weeks).

“Calling all youth! Now is a great time to demonstrate your leadership skills! This #YouthDay and every day, you can #BeTheInfluencer and encourage those around you to take safe steps like wearing a mask and saying no to unsafe gatherings.”

—Dr. Theresa Tam
Dr. Theresa Tam tells kids to be influencers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau made a video for International Youth Day:

Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

For official info from the Government of Canada on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please also click here.

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