This week, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is holding the inaugural CMA Health Summit in Winnipeg. The billboarding for the meeting specifically says: CMA Health Summit: Inspiring a Future of Better Health. As a member of the Canadian Medical Association, there are four topics that affect the health of my patients and colleagues that I …

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I heard Michael Redhill read from Bellevue Square during the televised Giller Awards. Other than listening to the brief reading, I knew nothing about the book other than the fact that its author won the Giller Prize for it and that it involved a woman and her doppelganger. That the book was a thriller with …

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Since April 2017, I have been considering how cannabis legalization will be implemented in Canada. As a psychiatrist who sees only adolescents, I have been emphasizing the need for a robust public health campaign so that the best information about cannabis is easily available to youth, their parents and the organizations that support them. Over …

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With the legalization of marijuana fast approaching (The Government of Canada is now saying “sometime this summer”), it was only a matter of time until one of my patients asked this question: “Dr. Beck, how much marijuana will I be able to use and still drive?” “I didn’t think you were driving yet.” “I’m not …

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I am bewildered by the various gender designations currently recognized and described. As a psychiatrist who sees primarily adolescents, I must be able to understand what a person means when they tell me that they are non-binary transgender or two-spirit. Gender and gender roles were so restricted in my adolescence that when I wrote an …

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It is almost one month since Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced that the provincial government would be investing in increased hospital beds to improve access, especially during flu season. The investment includes 61 new mental health beds and, while I don’t want to sound ungrateful, or discourage investment in mental health, if I had …

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