Hospital or Community?

Everyone in Ottawa is preoccupied with thoughts of a new building for the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital. The local Member of Parliament and Environment Minister, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, expressed concern that the site chosen on the Central Experimental Farm would destroy valuable agricultural research. As well, the increased size would turn the…

Ottawa Citizen Letter

I find that I have written a surprising amount about Physician Assisted Death for someone who does not expect to be on the front lines of this new measure. I hope that the medical community can lead the debate, asking patients to consider how they want this new medical treatment to work. All the people with…

Depression and Assisted Death

Last night I read Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach. This is the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. In particular, I focused on those recommendations that were related to patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses. Like others in the mental health field, or those who have had loved ones who suffered…

A Bad Day

One day this week, I had a bad day. Much of what happened can really not be spoken about at all. Actually because of psychiatric terminology, some of it would be incomprehensible to anyone but other psychiatrists. That was one worry. The other worry was more ethical and moral. Because of that, it may only…

From The Scientific Parent

Once again, I have written a blog for the Scientific Parent. This time it is about family nudity and how to decide how much nudity your family is comfortable with. Thanks to the Editors for inviting me to write about this sometimes confusing topic. Here’s the post – why not consider following The Scientific Parent?…

Loss Leader

The two pictures attached to this article were provided to my husband when he picked up a prescription this week. They are the Pharmacy’s questionnaire for people wishing to get a flu shot and the “informed consent” that they must sign in order to be inoculated. Now my husband wasn’t there for a flu shot…

The ER Choice

After a CTV report last week outlining how many adolescents in Ontario have to get care from Emergency Rooms, I decided to evaluate how care is in one outpatient program, the one where I work. My goal was to try and get an impression of what it was like to be a patient in the…

SoMe: You, Me and Health Care

Have you ever participated in an online event? If not, let me introduce you to these and consider briefly how such “virtual meetings” might improve the conversations we are all having about health care. Last Wednesday, I participated in two online events – I can actually say that I participated in both events at the…

All That Glitters

How would you want governments to bolster revenue within a province? Few of us would be happy with increased taxes or reduced services, but what about another lottery? I was waiting for the Number 1 line Toronto subway last week. As the train pulled into the station, I realized it was completely gold covered in…