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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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Piss poor hospital maintenance

Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville is one of the main medical centres in Nova Scotia. It is the largest and leading medical facility in South West Nova, or the parlance of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Western Zone. Valley … Continue reading

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The NSHA is busy, try again

Dr. David Zitner wrote an op ed in The Chronicle Herald titled NSHA seems to specialize in inconveniencing patients. Zitner is bang on. Zitner wrote, “If there’s any way to inconvenience patients and embrace antiquated methods, the Nova Scotia Health … Continue reading

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Advocates call for public pandemic inquiry

Last week my sister died. She has been in a long-term care facility since December 2019. Her residency in a facility means we have not been able to see her beyond weekly Skype meetings facilitated by a bubbly young woman … Continue reading

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Pandemic politics and long-term care

I haven’t been posting during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic because we needed to have a single focus to deal with the virus and rebuild the economy. Now that we are crawling back to health I shall be more … Continue reading

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COVID-19 survivor story

Each day during this pandemic we are bombarded with numbers. We start and end the day with the number of people who have tested positive for the virus, how many are hospitalized, and how many have died. We hear about … Continue reading

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A series of questionable bills from Valley Regional Hospital needs investigation

It has happened to us. Rick Anscomb’s experience with Valley Regional Hospital happened to us. A February 20th Herald article “Man was in no state to sign NSHA document, wife says” tells how Anscomb of Kingston suffered a stroke, was … Continue reading

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