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COMMENTARY: Doctor, hello thyself — it’s good for patients

COMMENTARY: Doctor, hello thyself — it’s good for patients

Dr. Kate Granger's story is inspiring. I am convinced it needs to be shared with many Canadian doctors and also with the medical staff at hospitals who, sadly, often need to be reminded to be more receptive to their patients' vulnerabilities and why it is so important to remember that just saying hello and sharing your name and status with them is so 'therapeutic.'
OFF SCRIPT: Tug of party leash is strong for MLAs learning the ropes

OFF SCRIPT: Tug of party leash is strong for MLAs learning the ropes

In the face of uncertainty and confusion, it should be no surprise that most MLAs choose the safety of clarity that comes with siding with their party, even when their consciences might feel tested.
OPINION: Thoughts of a South African Canadian representing her new country in her old

OPINION: Thoughts of a South African Canadian representing her new country in her old

On Sunday, I will step onto a tennis court in Cape Town, South Africa, to represent Canada at the ITF Young Seniors World Tennis Championships. I can't wait to wear the colours and compete as a proud Canadian. But I am also South African.
OFF SCRIPT: And the nomination goes .... according to political script, usually

OFF SCRIPT: And the nomination goes .... according to political script, usually

Even though the people who show up to vote at nomination meetings aren’t overly partisan, and even though the results of most contests are unsurprising to the candidates involved, that doesn’t mean nail-biters don’t happen now and then. These contested ones are — from what we have heard — quite rare, and are the stuff of legend.
COMMENTARY: The Undo Crew — why haphazard charity work won’t suffice

COMMENTARY: The Undo Crew — why haphazard charity work won’t suffice

It appears that we don’t need a generous flow of used clothing overwhelming homeless shelters — certainly not as urgently as we need comprehensive solutions. ... More broadly, homeless people and others living in poverty need a type of change that will not come from charity or volunteerism. Even if we improve these ways of helping, they will never address the root causes of homelessness. 
‘Hard times’: On strike 13 months, a daughter follows in her dad’s footsteps

‘Hard times’: On strike 13 months, a daughter follows in her dad’s footsteps

It was 1957 when 400 union members, my dad among them, walked off the job at the gypsum quarry just outside Windsor. Six decades later, I've learned what it was like to be in his shoes as I walk the picket line at the Chronicle Herald. Thirteen-month-long strikes seem to run in my family.
COMMENTARY: Slow death of cooking is gravy for food industry

COMMENTARY: Slow death of cooking is gravy for food industry

Recent surveys suggest the average adult spends more time watching cooking shows than actually cooking. Cooking has become optional for most of us. That means we've relinquished control of what we eat to corporations. And those corporations want to provide us with conveniently served and easily prepared products — both healthy and not so healthy.
COMMENTARY: The parable of the amiable electrician who was wired to help out

COMMENTARY: The parable of the amiable electrician who was wired to help out

Yes, at first the electrician offered this service to his clients because he really enjoyed laying floors and he wanted to help; it made him feel good. He enjoyed giving back. Once it started to be expected, it wasn't giving back anymore. It was an extension of work without pay. Without the thanks.
OPINION: Want to alleviate domestic violence? Enact paid leave

OPINION: Want to alleviate domestic violence? Enact paid leave

Having access to paid domestic violence leave would make it easier for victims to take time away from work to seek and plan to break free from violence. Women have so many other barriers to escaping domestic violence, and fearing for your job shouldn't be another one.
OFF SCRIPT: Picking a political banner often depends on prevailing winds

OFF SCRIPT: Picking a political banner often depends on prevailing winds

“I was inspired by (Pierre) Trudeau. He captured the youth of my generation,” recalls Alexa McDonough. “But then I was really appalled by the shortfall between what was espoused on the election trail and what they actually did with the power that they got.”