A Company with a Focus on Canadians: Safe Tracks GPS Canada Inc.

Safe Tracks GPS Canada Inc. The technology, the data, the services are all Canadian; almost unheard of today when much of production is typically shipped overseas. What began as a company of one with entrepreneur Vince Morelli, President with a business background expanded to Bob Aloisio, Vice President with a technology and particularly a GPS…

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Dying with Dignity in the Intensive Care Unit

Hola a tod@s, my beloved rogues, Published yesterday in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), I share this review article with the title, Dying with Dignity in the Intensive Care Unit signed by the doctors Deborah Cook and Graeme Rocker from Canada. Traditional  goals of  Intensive Care are to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with…

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Charter of Quebec Values: Part 2

The saga continues, but I can say as one trained as a social worker, I am happy to come across media that negates what the PQ Minority government is trying to do. I opened my local Suburban today, dated September 25, 2013 and read many Letters to the Editor that basically say, “Shame on you, PQ.” I smiled…

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National Forum on Patient Experience Conference-Day 2

The conference opened with Dr. Vaughan Glover, CEO, CAPCH with opening remarks. The opening address was by Mary Ferguson-Paré, Fmr. Vice President, Professional Affairs & Chief Nurse Executive, Recipient, Order of Canada, University Health Network on the topic of: The Moral Imperative for Patient-Centered Care: Transformational Values: Build a Responsive and Ethics Driven Culture to…

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Charter of Quebec Values for Who?

The more I read on the issue of the Charter of Quebec Values, I wonder whose values are these? Not mine. I agree with separation of ‘church and state,’ but this is so much more than that. ‘It was originally billed as a “Charter of Secularism,” but the government changed the label. In its revised…

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The Benefit of Nurse Practitioners

I came across this post in The Guardian that discusses the benefits of nurse practitioners to fill the void of not enough family physicians. Where have all the GP’s gone and why are so many in the medical field specializing? Perhaps the provinces and medical schools should create incentives for medical students to go into family medicine….

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Could You Live on $1.75 a Day?

The Huffington Post: Canada published an article, “Could You Live in Canada on $1.75 a Day?” The title speaks for itself in that it is hard to imagine anyone living on $1.75 a day, yet this is the reality for many in the world. The author of this article, Erin Deviney, lived in Australia for…

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The Gap Between Rich and Poor

The gap between rich and poor is growing. There used to be a ‘middle class’ but I find this segment disappearing. There is the wealthy and everyone else. Everyone else describes those who used to be classified as middle class or lower-middle class and those that live in poverty. Poverty also has its classifications of…

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Social Programs for a Stronger Canada

This is a link worth reviewing and it also provides you with the option of sending a letter to your Provincial Minister of Social Services: http://www.defendingsocialprograms.ca/. The Canadian Social Transfer(CST) is the primary source of federal funding in Canada that supports provincial and territorial social programs. Without this federal funding, provinces would be unable to provide…

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2013 Canadian Budget

This link is worth reading: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/andr-picard-budget-likely-to-be-another-opportunity-lost-for-health-care/article10040747/ It is very unfortunate that health is not foremost in the minds of the federal government as it is the number #1 concern/priority according to Canadians! In the coming year, the Canada Health Transfer, the tax money Ottawa gives the provinces for health, will reach $30.3-billion – about 15…

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Waitlists in Canadian Healthcare

Perhaps because I work in social services with seniors, I am drawn to any information that focuses on Canadian healthcare. The most recent article I read focuses on the cost of waitlists. Imagine you have a ‘non-urgent’ health condition, would you want to wait months to see a specialist? If you are in constant back…

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