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Grocery stores and Canadians are bulking up on ultra-processed foods

Grocery stores and Canadians are bulking up on ultra-processed foods

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez Far too many products on store shelves are giving us lots of calories but little nutrition A version of this commentary appeared in the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator In the 1960s, the biggest supermarkets only carried 10,000 items or fewer. Big supermarkets today offer almost 40,000 products. To be sure, among those extra […]

Eat more plants, less meat

Eat more plants, less meat

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Canada’s Food Guide revamp is good for people and the planet A version of this commentary appeared in the CBC News and Ottawa Life What is a healthy diet? New Year’s diet conversations still abound around water coolers Canada-wide as people debate the various merits and shortcomings of sugar, gluten, meat, […]

Why hiring consultants to fix our healthcare system doesn’t work

Why hiring consultants to fix our healthcare system doesn’t work

THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods A version of this commentary appeared in the Hill Times, Ottawa Life and the Winnipeg Free Press The use of management consultants to design reforms for Canada’s health systems has become increasingly popular by both provincial and federal governments over the past several decades – but it’s not always been good value […]

Communicating with patients like it’s 2018

Communicating with patients like it’s 2018

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette A version of this commentary appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, Ottawa Life and the Canadian Healthcare Network Technology has revolutionized how we live, play and work. We don’t think twice about using an app to make a restaurant reservation, tracking a parcel’s expected delivery date on-line or chatting with an on-line agent to answer questions about […]

Is Manitoba next for #MeToo revelation?

Is Manitoba next for #MeToo revelation?

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Scope of sexual-harassment spreads Originally published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 1, 2018 It’s starting to be counted down in minutes, rather than hours or days. How many minutes since the last revelation of a powerful man being accused of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual impropriety? The disclosures are […]

Why “King for a Day” approaches to homelessness don’t work

Why “King for a Day” approaches to homelessness don’t work

I began medical school optimistic about what becoming a physician meant I could do for my future patients. Naively, I presumed my career would involve treating patients’ illnesses so they could return to lead full and fulfilling lives.

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