The President-Elect of the United States of America is a con artist. People in the news are calling him a “businessman” but most of his business ventures are at least partially fraudulent, and all of his charitable ventures are. He is making foreign policy on Twitter without having any sense of the complexity of the US’s overseas entanglements. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he doesn’t even care.Read More
I dropped my wallet in Calcutta. It was returned to me.
I got lost wandering around in Istanbul. Strangers helped me get back to my hotel.
I spent Christmas in 2005 in Patna, Bihar, India, a city known for its violence and poverty. I was welcomed at Midnight Mass, where the congregation sang familiar hymns in the unfamiliar Hindi, and shook hands in peace with those around me.
I was afraid I had an infection in my foot when I lived in Kabul. My boss, an Afghan doctor, and his father and his cousin drove me, in the middle of the night, down a dangerous road, to get to the hospital for assessment.
I had a panic attack while scuba diving in a strong current in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A fellow diver, an Indian tourist, stayed with me, helped me resurface and gather the gumption to dive again.
I was accidentally in the wrong region at the wrong time in Assam. The people staying at the ashram with me put me in a jeep and drove me to the capital in the middle of the night. Local unrest hit just as we arrived.
I needed to find an apartment for 6 months when I lived in Vienna. I don't speak German and was having a hard time searching. My Moldovan colleague spent hours of her free time helping me, graciously.Read More
In response to the very respectable person who posted their whining all over Toronto this weekend:
Hey, white person:
- Tired of basic respect for others being called political correctness?
- Wondering why some other white people don’t realize that most countries would benefit from more legitimate multiculturalism?
- Figured out that diversity is good for everyone?
- Sick of being complicit in many of the world’s problems?
- Tired of appropriating other peoples’ heritage?
- Disgusted by the garbage on talk radio?
- Don’t see a safe and liberated future for yourself or your family, as well as everyone else’s family regardless of race, identity or creed?
- Questioning if the economy will collapse if corporations can’t leverage cheap immigrant labour like they’ve become accustomed to over the past 40 years?
The President-Elect of the United States of America is Donald J. Trump. It is not difficult to guess my assessment of his character and record: inadequate, in all domains.
But how did he win?
I don't believe there are enough troubled, self-hating racist misogynists out there to have elected Donald Trump to the Presidency all on their lonesome. I do believe there are enough angry people - many of whom are older, whiter, maler - out there that voted purely from their gut on this one. And I think that is what connects the anti-establishment, older rural, whiter, maler, un-educated people to each other. This is the Trump Coalition.Read More
Two women led us through the oldest residential school in Canada this afternoon. One was a survivor. People who spent part of their childhood in a residential school are known as survivors. The other had a grandfather who lived in this residential school in and around 1899. They both generously took us - seven Canadian family medicine residents - through one of this country's darkest legacies....Read More
On May 22, my father raised his glass at a dinner table filled with 22 members of his family, my husband and my in-laws and congratulated me for completing medical school.
"This is a great accomplishment. But for me , the reason it really matters is because it means that we - all of us - can do anything. We are good enough and capable enough."
My father grew up the youngest boy of eight children in the west end of Toronto in the 60s. His father was a trucker and his mother was a home-maker and door-to-door saleswoman of Fullerbrush and all sorts of other goods. They were raised on farms in early 1900s rural Ontario and rural Manitoba, respectively. Their lives were difficult and complicated. My grandfather struggled with alcoholism. My father was told all of the time that he should take the less advanced classes at school and that his family was not a very smart one. When they built a vocational school in his neighbourhood, the teachers told he and his siblings that they should attend.
My father ended up attending college for a few semesters. He did well but needed to support himself so he went out west to Edmonton in his early 20s to work with his elder brother.
My father always knew that if he was to get by, it would be through sheer grit because he didn't believe himself to be particularly smart. So when his daughter became a doctor, it was not confirmation of his identity - it was a challenge to it. One he happily accepted.Read More
My cousin recently texted to let me know that she managed to quit smoking with the help of her family doctor and vareniciline (Champix). She's in her late 20s and has a rheumatalogical condition that is made worse by smoking. Things I did not say to her:
- It's about time!
- Be careful! Temptation is around every corner!
- You've already done so much damage!
- Why even other, this isn't doing to last.
What I did say to her:Read More
There is health. And there is weight. We do know that certain cancers are more likely at higher weights, so we know that a high BMI may lead to a higher incidence of disease but this isn't true for all people. Asserting such is a form of discrimination. There are overweight healthy people who cost the health system absolutely nothing because they eat well and move a lot, and there are unhealthy people who have normal BMIs. When we talk about obesity, we’re really talking about being sedentary, about eating chemical food-like products, about how most people use food – a tangible – to make up for deficits in intangibles, like loneliness, grief, boredom, lack of self-efficacy. It’s not about the weight.Read More
If I look at the evidence we have now for how well it works at preventing HPV-associated butt/genital warts and cervical cancer and if I was not in a monogamous relationship, I would absolutely get myself vaccinated.Read More