Widow’s Weeds

At the end of June, I read two books about widows. One was fiction and the other was non-fiction, an account of a support group developed by an American journalist for widows. The novel, The Lost Husband by Katherine Center, also explores the nature of the support that helps widows. For those for whom stories…

Where are the Bullies?

Late last week, Dr. Debra Peplar and Penny Milton released their report, prepared for the Nova Scotia government, reviewing the school supports for Rehtaeh Parsons, the high school student who took her own life after being bullied at school and harassed online, possibly in the wake of having been sexually assaulted as well. Reading through…

Canada’s Champion of the Arctic

Today in Kinuna, Sweden, Canada’s Minister of the Arctic Council, the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, took over as Chair of that council. This recognition of Canada’s expertise, specifically symbolized by Aglukkaq, the first Inuk to be sworn into the Federal Cabinet, provides an opportunity to reflect on the reputation and accomplishments of this Minister. Minister Leona…

An ordinary day?

Imagine that you are in the middle of a normal day. You are conducting a very routine errand in your own neighbourhood and are just leaving the library to get into the car and go on to the grocery store when suddenly you hear a shout behind you and a crash. Turning back into the…

The Patient’s Medical Home and Me

Last week, after I posted my blog on my concerns regarding “Primary Care Pediatrics”, Shereen Miller responded thoughtfully, asking, “Who is the quarterback of each person’s health care?…Should someone be in charge, connecting all the dots…” This question is immediately answered for me by the Patient’s Medical Home, as described by the College of Family…