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Say “Hello” during Christmas

During this time of ‘Christmas Cheer’, it is remarkable how much of its counterpart we encounter in the way of a significant rise of people experiencing great emotional distress. Such as any seasoned medical staff ...


2nd Stage of Medicare begins as Ontario passes Bill 41

For all that we pride ourselves on having access to universal health care, what many Canadians don’t know is that there was to be a 2nd stage of Medicare. Tommy Douglas was, in fact, miles ...

The Health Divide: So How Are You Doing?

Hot off the press this week is the latest national report of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing entitled ‘How Are Canadians Really Doing’. While there are some notable bright spots such as higher levels of ...


Putting Health Back Into Health Care: A Health Advocates Perspective

In this day and age of political spectacle and scandal, we risk losing sight of truly significant legislative and policy developments. Case in point: Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins‘ Patients First Act, now approaching its ...

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Thanksgiving: A Recipe for Good Health

With the arrival of Fall and the turning of the autumn leaves, it strikes me as timely to pay homage to one of my favorite times of the year, namely the celebration of Thanksgiving. This ...

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Chime the Bells of Freedom!

Never have I been at a public gathering more moving than that of the opening of the African American Museum adjacent the Washington Monument in the American capital a few days ago. Given the rapid ...

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Rehonouring the Sacred: The Foundation for a Culture of Health and Wellbeing

Several years ago when I was heavily involved in spearheading a Food Charter aimed at alleviating hunger, I committed a major faux pas at one meeting, at least as far as community health discourse is ...

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TCS: Toxic Culture Syndrome: How to Advance a Culture of Health & Wellbeing

If you follow the news lately, you would think that our health and wellbeing is determined by doctors. Doctors this and doctors that.

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What You Don’t Count, Doesn’t Count: A Health Advocates Perspective

In his capacity as chief economic advisor to J.F Kennedy, the late, great Canadian John Kenneth Galbraith was reported as saying “what you count counts, and what you don’t count, doesn’t count.” My response is ...


Earth Day: A Health Advocates Perspective

With the arrival of Earth Day, it seems rather apropos to ponder the wellbeing of our planet in which we are such an integral, albeit, ungrateful lot. Indeed, what has are our collective script been, ...

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