Giving blood: NOW 20% TECHIER!

Today was the first day of a new computerized check-in process at Canadian Blood Services. By chance, I happened to pick today for one of my approximately twice per year donations and had a chance to try it out. It was high time for an overhaul of a process that was still mostly paper-based and…

Long overdue: physician-assisted death

The toughest day for me was not the day my mother died, but a week earlier when I said ‘Good Bye’ to her for the last time. My mom had terminal cancer. She had fought her breast cancer successfully for a few years, and we had thought she had beaten it, but the insidious disease…

Lessons from Denver: Marijuana Legalization

Although traffic was sparse, I crept along the avenue at 15 mph, my eyes darting from the road to the sidewalk and back again. One has to be careful driving around here. They’re everywhere — the stoners — stumbling around, oblivious to their surroundings, often strolling out into the road while mindlessly drawing potato chips…

Death Cab For Selby

Other people have died shortly after being released from hospital, but recent back-to-back fatalities have put a spotlight on a possible systemic problem within the Manitoba health care system. Walking into that spotlight last Friday was the Minister of Health, Erin Selby, not to take responsibility on behalf of the health care system but to…