In 1967, on the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, every town, city – even every neighbourhood – had a Centennial project. New buildings were built, the Ontario College System was founded and, when you’re visiting any town in Canada, you can bet that any public space with a name like “Centennial Arena” or “Centennial Park” …

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I spent the first week of May in the Finger Lakes Knowing that this part of New York had a substantial Amish community, I decided that this was an opportune time to learn about that community. New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State by Karen Johnson-Weiner recounts the history of …

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This past week I read a book recommended to me by one of my teenage patients. “You said laughter is good for you,” he said, “Well, it’s hilarious!” This comes from a person who told me that my advice to read funny stories because it helps improve your mood is the best advice I’ve ever …

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There is an independent publishing company, Microcosm Publishing, based in Portland, Oregon. This is a publishing company with an edge – have a look at their website and you’ll see what I mean. They publish some very interesting series of books, and maybe I will explore that more fully in the future, but today, I …

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Have you ever wanted to skin a rabbit? Or make cheese? Perhaps that’s more self-sufficiency that you really want, but John Seymour’s The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It is still a guide that anyone can use if they wish to commit to a more simplified lifestyle. This book has excellent sections on growing …

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As a Canadian doctor, my experience with the American health care system is limited. While the research evidence supports that we have an more equitable system that the United States, it is difficult to believe this when we Canadians are waiting for essential medical tests or procedures. We have the impression that, in the United …

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