Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads

Some doctors are struggling with allowing Canadians to die on their own terms. via Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death — Longreads Here I share a powerful article by Krista Stevens.

PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery

(It’s an honour to have Dr Adam Montgomery share his thoughts on trauma, the military, and PTSD. You can read more of his work in a forthcoming book, The Invisible Injured: Psychological Trauma in the Canadian Military from the First World War to Afghanistan.) A bit of shameless self-promotion. Thanks @LucRichert for giving me the spaceContinue reading “PTSD, Peacekeeping, and Politics by Adam Montgomery”

Vape Fear – Updated

November 25, 2016 – CBC NEWS Vaping, e-cigarettes to be regulated by Health Canada The federal government plans to regulate e-cigarettes to make vaping products less accessible to young people. “The proposed act amends the Tobacco Act to regulate vaping products as a separate class of products,” Health Canada said in a statement on Tuesday November, 22.Continue reading “Vape Fear – Updated”

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”

Rebranding: Justin Trudeau and Canadian Coffee

For millions of Canadians, there is no icon in business more collectively beloved than Tim Hortons. “Tim’s” – as the franchise is affectionately called – long ago transcended the humble domain of doughnuts and coffee. Instead, it is now a part of the Canadian national identity – one of those rare brands by which individuals andContinue reading “Rebranding: Justin Trudeau and Canadian Coffee”

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”

In the Weeds: Understanding Government Action and Canada’s Marijuana Industry

What is happening with Canadian marijuana policy? We seem to be stuck in the weeds. And there’s a fog of confusion. According to Jim Bronskill, there are the 9 major factors that have driven the Canadian government’s “federal marijuana moves” over the past few months. The key source for him was a November 2015 ministerial briefingContinue reading “In the Weeds: Understanding Government Action and Canada’s Marijuana Industry”

HEAT, 20 YEARS LATER

In December 1995, my movie-world was rocked to its foundations with the release of Heat, Michael Mann’s L.A.-based crime masterpiece. I had never seen or heard anything like it. The action sequences were thoughtful, gritty, and cacophonous. The story, while not overly complicated, was compelling. I staggered out of the theater (Saskatoon’s now defunct Capitol Four)Continue reading “HEAT, 20 YEARS LATER”

Saskatoon top place in Canada to be charged for marijuana possession

Saskatoon is one of the cities in Canada that cracks down hardest on possession of minor marijuana and this is incredible, especially in light of the provincial government’s newly unveiled policies on liquor regulation. As seen here and  here, the Wall government has ushered in a series of new rules that liberalizes alcohol policy inContinue reading “Saskatoon top place in Canada to be charged for marijuana possession”

SMOKE AND MIRRORS – MORE ON VAPING

Last year I had opinion-editorials published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and elsewhere. Both focused on “vaping,” Oxford English Dictionary’s word of 2014. My take was this: we need to think more clearly about e-cigarettes in Saskatoon – as well as the wider world. The government needs to get proactive. We, as consumers, should alsoContinue reading “SMOKE AND MIRRORS – MORE ON VAPING”