Groundhog Day

February brings us Groundhog Day, an 1800’s European tradition, previously known as Badger Day, whereby the animal emerges from its burrow and predicts the arrival of Spring, based on it’s shadow. The popularity of this day grew with the 1993 movie by the same name, which used “Groundhog Day” as a term that meant repeating […]

Vaccine Violence

The pandemic continues to test our society in unprecedented ways, affecting mental health, our safety and sense of security. Recently, the newest crisis faced by our healthcare community and hospitals, is not that of the virus itself, but rather the increasing harassment, threats, and violence at the hands of anti-vaxxers and those opposing public health […]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This past week, the CRTO staff and Council Members participated in Indigenous Corporate training, ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This interactive presentation provided a safe space to learn and dialogue, as we listened to our speaker tell truths and history from his past, and those of the 605 First Nations, Métis, […]

Fighting Fear with Fact

We are once again finding ourselves in the midst of a dual epidemic – one created by a Novel Coronavirus and the other generated by increasingly common panic.  I am always amazed that despite the availability of considerable credible evidence that people still would rather believe their next-door neighbor’s cousin’s ex-wife (who just happens to […]

The RT Impact on Fatal Medical Errors

At the most recent CSRT conference, I attended a talk by Brian Walsh (President of the American Association of Respiratory Care) entitled “The Professional Road Ahead”.  The purpose of Brian’s presentation was to look at some of the ways that RTs have the potential to make a significant impact – not just in the lives […]