All the Lonely People

Is it solitude or loneliness? Are you alone, or lonely? How do we actively ward off loneliness? Or, how can we deal with loneliness in a long-term relationship? Andre Picard, a writer for the Globe and Mail, addresses some of these big-time questions in his newest (and excellent) piece of writing – an article that tacklesContinue reading “All the Lonely People”

Paperback Writer – Book Announcement

‘Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look? It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear And I need a job, so I want to be a paperback writer Paperback writer’ — The Beatles I’m delighted to announce that my bookContinue reading “Paperback Writer – Book Announcement”

The Economics of IVF

Money matters, public health spending, and policy decision-making. When mixed with the life sciences and babies, these issues become even  more complex. In an earlier article, I wrote about legal developments in the sperm donation industry, which have raised questions about reproduction technologies and sperm banks in Canada and beyond. I noted that three separateContinue reading “The Economics of IVF”

Crackdown? Regulating E-Cigarettes

In the Regina Leader-Post today I write about Canadian e-cigarette rules. Both the U.S. and E.U. have moved ahead with new rules. Should Canada? * Why Aren’t We Regulating E-Cigarettes? Recently, the regulation and use of e-cigarettes in Canada, the U.S. and European Union has raised serious challenges for consumers, politicians, and health officials. Now, theContinue reading “Crackdown? Regulating E-Cigarettes”

The Business of Body Parts and Body Products

Ewww. The business of body parts and body products? What? Sounds gruesome. Kinda grisly and macabre. But, as we discuss assisted suicide, selling plasma, or Canadian transplant tourists, in the media the way that we conceptualize the buying and selling our bodies will be vital. Just like the poster for Daybreakers says, our bodies are a crucialContinue reading “The Business of Body Parts and Body Products”

Clarify Pot Policy for Veterans

Today I wrote a short viewpoint for the Star Phoenix. The article is on medical cannabis for Canadian veterans. Auditor General Michael Ferguson has raised important questions about the increasing use of medical marijuana by Canadian military veterans. As authorities contemplate enforcement actions and zoning bylaws relevant to marijuana dispensaries, and the federal Liberal governmentContinue reading “Clarify Pot Policy for Veterans”

The Business of Babies and Body Products

Explosive legal developments in the sperm donation industry have raised significant questions about reproduction technologies and sperm banks in Canada and beyond. Three separate Ontario families have recently launched lawsuits against a U.S.-based sperm bank and its Canadian retailer, alleging they were misled about their sperm donor’s background history, which included a criminal record andContinue reading “The Business of Babies and Body Products”