Christmas Plans

Across North America, there is holiday planning happening. The pandemic has changed planning, but most people are still doing their best to eke out some pleasure from a period that is often considered one of the most joyous of the year. I hope everyone reading this is planning a happy holiday, but my heart will…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 100

This will be the last entry in my COVID-19 Journal. It is not that I won’t write about the Pandemic again, but, for me, this phase of my service to keep people safe from COVID-19 is ending. On June 30, I will return to the Youth Program fulltime. This is a picture of the corridor…

The Impact of Obamacare

On Friday evening in Ottawa, President Barack Obama told the capacity crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre that, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 20 million more Americans received access to health care insurance. Obama believes that this is one of the accomplishments of his Presidency that has had the greatest impact on America and…

The Best Family Doctor

Every weekday at noon, I grab a cup of tea and a pile of charts and cozy up to my speaker phone. Thus prepared, I begin to call the family doctors who have referred patients to me. I speak with about 15 family doctors in the two hours between noon and 2 p.m., reviewing assessment…

A Primer on Gender

I am bewildered by the various gender designations currently recognized and described. As a psychiatrist who sees primarily adolescents, I must be able to understand what a person means when they tell me that they are non-binary transgender or two-spirit. Gender and gender roles were so restricted in my adolescence that when I wrote an…

Not Just Any Village

In recent months, I have come to learn more and more about the difficulties indigenous youth have in obtaining mental health services. In part, this is because local, provincial and federal news reports are calling attention to these difficulties but I am also very much aware of the needs of these young people in my…