2011 in retrospect!

A recent Globe & Mail caption said it all:  “Tories creating foreign policy with a harder edge”.  Or, to quote Prime Minister Harper: “We don’t just go along to get along”. The Globe  article gave two examples of this new Canadian “diplomacy”: Israel, where Prime Minister Harper blocked a G-8 statement urging peace talks, and … Read more…

Reflexions on Christmas 2011

The Message of “Peace on Earth Good Will towards Men” was not present at Durban.  In its place was the Canadian Grinch who stole the chance for change that the World needs.  Walter Pitman comments that this Grinch continues to blight Christmas 2011. My childhood memories of this holiday time are entirely happy. Our own family … Read more…

Climate Change and Public Health

Doctors recognize that apparently harmless events can have catastrophic consequences. This recognition has led them to advocate measures to improve public health, such as the ban against cigarette smoking. Canadian Physicians for the Environment recently persuaded the Ontario government to ban many dangerous pesticides. On the issue of climate change, however, Canadian physicians have been … Read more…