Last updated on September 30, 2021

The images of a packed Toronto park this weekend showed how easily social distancing discipline can slip for some Canadians.

While the warm weather is a likely cause of people dropping their guard against COVID-19,  the deeper question is why people would decide to take the risk in the first place.

The answer might lie in the growing emotional toll of social distancing. Data from our 10,000 daily survey respondents shows that half of young people feel COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health.

What’s more, they are more concerned about the im