Tough Old Broads

In the past week, I have been reading through the 2010 report of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP): Who Makes the News? (www.whomakesthenews.org) . The GMMP has been monitoring the presentation of women in the media since 1995 and, while progress has been made, many of the statistics are discouraging for those of us…

DSM V and Thomas Szasz

Like many North American Psychiatrists, I have spent a good part of the past six months thinking about DSM V, The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. Like DSM III and DSM IV before it, the new manual’s publication is giving rise to significant controversy that is likely going to set…

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…