To report or not to report

In late July of this year, the inquiry report in response to the Wettlaufer case was made public (Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System). The recommendations contained within the report are intended to address the factors that contributed to this tragedy, and although its focus is […]

Some Things are Better left Unsaid

There certainly has been a lot in the news and on social media lately regarding the “great vaccination debate”. Everyone has an opinion on whether vaccines are the best or the worst thing to happen to medicine since the invention of the blanket warmer (my personal favourite). I have an opinion about vaccinations, too. However, […]

Update on Medical Assistance in Dying (M.A.I.D)

On the two year anniversary of the enacting of federal legislation on Medical Assistance in Dying (M.A.I.D), Health Canada published its third interim report(1). This report provides insight into how many medically-assisted deaths have taken place, the settings in which they occurred, the individual’s age and gender, as well as the most common underlying medical […]

RTs Role in Ensuring Public Trust in Healthcare

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, former registered nurse, is back in the news again this week with the opening of the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry. Ms. Wettlaufer – in case you have forgotten – pled guilty to eight counts of 1st degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault back in June […]

What will “competence” mean in 2030?

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to an excellent presentation given by Dr. Brian Hodges from the University Health Network.  His talk provided a thought provoking exploration into the types of competencies health care practitioners will need in the not so distant future – and these competencies are quite different […]