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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 9 APRIL 2023 • ISSUE 1223 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENCY Local. Experienced. Personal. Frank. Since 1969. PAGE 8 ERA boss Vince Cassar on striking a balance between environment and economy INTERVIEW MT2 Stone slab with an Arabic inscription dating back to medieval times unearthed PAGES 2 & 3 Rare find 'Well-being' Women priests MATTHEW VELLA PARENTS' mental health was greatly affect- ed by the disruption caused by COVID-19 to their work routine and their children's schooling, new research shows. At least one in five parents experienced mental health issues in 2021, the findings from a research project carried out by the University of Malta's Faculty of Education show. Surveys conducted in September 2020 and September 2021, mapped out the change in attitudes over a 12-month period character- ised by partial lockdowns and restrictions. While in 2020, only 6.2% of the parents re- ported that they were able to make time for themselves to rest, in 2021 this increased to 37.5%, reflecting the need of parents to de- stress from feeling overwhelmed and stressed with work, helping their children to follow online learning and family. See full story on pages 14 and 15 MATTHEW VELLA MALTA'S laws for the sale of recreational cannabis could likely make room for large play- ers seeking to corner the mar- ket, with the prospect of canna- bis retailer 'chains'. Malta's not-for-profit mod- el in the sale of cannabis has been a founding principle for the fledgling regulator, the Au- thority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC). But under the laws and directives issued by the authority, large associa- tions will be able to have multi- ple distribution sites, as well as grow cannabis in greenhouses in rural settings usually outside the development zones. 'Chain-store' cannabis clubs permitted under rules Burnt out parents: COVID's big mental health scar maltatoday Larger growers allowed greenhouses to cultivate volumes that will serve up to 500 members with 'chain store' dispensaries €1.95 Fr Rene Camilleri and Fr Jimmy Bonnici on priestly celibacy and the ordination of women PAGES 4 & 5 Happy Easter to all our readers

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