For the past six years working as a dietitian, I have had the privilege of interacting with clients from all over Northumberland County.
In recent months there has been a great deal of discussion in the media about homelessness.
Recently, on a slow day sitting at the reception desk of Northumberland Hills Hospital where I volunteer – watching, through the main entrance windows, a flight of geese on final approach to somewhere – my attention was diverted to the playing of Brahms Lullaby over the PA system, signalling a new birth.
You're stranded on a deserted island with 100 others. Organization is vital for survival. How will you choose a leader and make group decisions? What laws will you pass for your little society?
The tide is turning on harm reduction. The reins of a new national drug strategy are squarely in the hands of Health Canada. There are positive signs legislators are abandoning ideology for evidence-based policy, and stonewalling for action. Last year, the opioid crisis claimed 916 lives in B.C. alone.
In the past decade, I have occasionally bumped into students whose attention is confined to a telephone screen. I never used a so-called smartphone until my old cellphone became obsolete and have been curious about what people find so compelling about them.
Here's how the world has changed in the past half-year: Maxime Bernier, "Mad Max" to his admirers and detractors both, was supposed to be the renegade.
"I can't wait to see how the incoming administration deals with AI (artificial intelligence)," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a less-than-gracious reference to the fact the Trump team hasn't a clue about the real driving force in the changing world economy.
With just a few months to go before the federal government is to table electoral reform legislation to make sure every vote counts in the 2019 election, Canada has a new minister of democratic institutions.