Author Archives: helphealthcare

No beds, no care

October 7, 2021 – 11 am. I have just returned from my second trip this morning to Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. My first trip at 8:20 was to drop a friend off for a “procedure”. My second at 10:40 … Continue reading

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Curious COVID count and conditions

Today, September 14, the Province of Nova Scotia said 72.2 percent of the population was fully vaccinated. That is lower than the 75 percent required for the province to go to the fifth stage in the recovery. Since the vaccination … Continue reading

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To fix the NSHA start with corporate governance

Nova Scotia’s new Premier, Tim Houston, and Health Minister Michelle Thompson are to be congratulated for their swift action on health care. Less than 20 hours after taking their oaths of office they fired the Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO … Continue reading

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Senior advocates expect Tory government to honour their promises

A press release from the Advocates for the Care of the Elderly (ACE) congratulates the new Progressive Conservative government for their election win. And as a reminder of the Party’s promise to seniors summarizes those campaign details. The press release … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia tried decentralized health care: it didn’t work

August 2, 2021 – During the 1993 federal election campaign, Prime Minister Kim Campbell said that a 47-day campaign was not long enough to discuss the changes she envisioned. This was shortened to the infamous: “An election is no time to discuss serious … Continue reading

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Official COVID-19 hypocrisy

Over and over we are told the COVID-19 recovery is a marathon, not a race. We’re told the end is insight. We’re told to be patient. To be kind. To be understanding. We have been, but the way leaders act … Continue reading

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The VG: toxic water, toxic accountability

The water situation at the VG has become a renewed topic of conversation.  In February, The Chronicle Herald ran a news story about a microbiologist’s shock at the unsafe water conditions at the region’s largest hospital. The professor then wrote … Continue reading

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Questions about automatic opt-in for organ donation

On January 18 The Nova Scotia Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act comes into effect. That means that, unless people specifically opt out, any or all organs and tissue can be harvested for transplant purposes.  This may seem like a … Continue reading

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No noses!

Once upon a time women’s breasts and all human genitalia were not to be seen in public. During the COVID-19 pandemic noses are part of the list of body parts not to be exposed to strangers. But whether I’m at … Continue reading

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Pump up pandemic punishment

Watching Premier Stephen McNeil and chief medical officer Dr. Robert Strange at COVID-19 press conferences we see their frustration and bewilderment with those who flout regulations meant to restrict the potential spread of the virus.  They, like other premiers, can’t … Continue reading

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