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I’m torn: Taki’s shuts down its comments section

Posted  March 30, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

I hate to see publications do this, but Taki’s was the exception to my rule that, to find out what’s really going on, you should “read the newspaper upside down.”Gavin McInnes actually wrote a whole Taki’s column about the commenters, and longtime 5FF readers know that when I was a columnist there, the comments were […]

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Sailer: “The brilliant Harvard geneticist David Reich has published a bombshell scientific book, ‘Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past’…”

Posted  March 28, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Sailer: “The brilliant Harvard geneticist David Reich has published a bombshell scientific book, ‘Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past’…”

Oooooohhhhh booooyyyyy…Countless articles about how unscientifically racist old WASPs were begin by quoting the scene early in The Great Gatsby in which Daisy’s oafish husband, Tom, recommends a book called The Rise of the Colored Empires.Ironically, F. Scott Fitzgerald was parodying his own regrettable views on race. For instance, in 1921 the great novelist wrote […]

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Childhood Sexual Abuse, Gender Dysphoria, and Transition Regret: Billy’s Story

Posted  March 27, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Walt Heyer writes:Billy B.’s story is not exceptional or unique. Childhood sexual abuse is an experience common to many of those who write me with regret about changing genders. Stories like his have filled my email inbox for the last ten years. That’s precisely why I asked him if I could share it. (…)When Billy […]

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David Cole: “For White Girls Who Have Considered (Career) Suicide”

Posted  March 27, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole: “For White Girls Who Have Considered (Career) Suicide”

David Cole writes:Having been surrounded by actresses my entire life, I can tell you that if one word describes them, it’s needy. Very, very needy. White starlets are more likely to get the attention that all actors crave, and it’s sincere attention. It’s not like when a production company is forced by prevailing social justice […]

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Jim Goad really, really hates John Bolton

Posted  March 26, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Here‘s Jim Goad.Meanwhile, Roger Kimball says “Bolton is no warmonger.” More from my siteJim Goad provides another reason not to go to New YorkJim Goad: An Evil Virus Called PopulismJim Goad: The Sin of ChivalryJim Goad: Violence in the Name of Compassion

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Rick McGinnis: The Gospel of Jordan Peterson (in which I make a cameo appearance)

Posted  March 24, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Rick McGinnis writes:On the surface, Peterson’s edicts for a good life are self-evident: Stand straight; Obey the Golden Rule; Choose your friends wisely; Set yourself reasonable expectations; Raise your children well; Don’t be a hypocrite; Cherish meaning; Don’t lie; Listen before you speak; Choose your words carefully; Let children fail so they learn to succeed; […]

Kathy Shaidle’s NEW book, Confessions of a Failed Slut, is available HERE.
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Even “the world that made Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’” has something to do with Trump

Posted  March 23, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Even “the world that made Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment'” has something to do with Trump

Because, hey, this is The Nation, right?Had this woman (and I’m sorry, but I can’t take an “intellectual” named “Jennifer” quite seriously…) read these two new translations during the Obama administration, what would her review have been like then?Isn’t voting for a man merely because he is black, or for Clinton merely because she’s female […]

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Jordan Peterson gets a haircut

Posted  March 23, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jordan Peterson gets a haircut

And then one day it happened.She cut her hair and I stopped loving her.— Billy Bragg, “Walk Away Renee” Yesterday I read a Daily Caller piece called “Yes, Jordan Peterson Really Is That Smart,” because with that title, how could you not?So would he have voted for Donald Trump? You might think this question would have […]

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Mark Steyn prints Martin Sellner’s written-in-custody speech, which got Sellner (and others) barred from entering England (BONUS Tommy Robinson video)

Posted  March 21, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn prints Mark Sellner’s written-in-custody speech, which got Sellner (and others) barred from entering England (BONUS Tommy Robinson video)

My last refuge was Speakers’ Corner. I remembered my mother telling me about that special place when I was a child. It seemed almost magical to me. A place where everyone, without exception, could just stand on a box and start to speak to those who wanted to listen. I have always loved this tradition […]

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Julie Burchill reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir

Posted  March 21, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

Julie Burchill writes:But the image of the lonely little boy creating a toy theatre based on the London Palladium becoming the man who wakes up every morning marvelling that he owns the actual London Palladium is the stuff of beautiful theatre – far more magical than anything he has actually staged. I found myself pleasantly […]

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“But now in 2018, Chetty is more or less admitting he got it wrong: Race matters.”

Posted  March 21, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“But now in 2018, Chetty is more or less admitting he got it wrong: Race matters.”

Sailer takes on Chetty again. (Of course, in a real country, Sailer would have Chetty’s NYTs job, but we’ll have to settle for this):Chetty has pretty much given up on finding magic municipalities where they do things right that can be studied to close America’s gaps. As I’ve always argued, and Chetty now agrees, instead […]

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“Sorry folks, but Donald Trump is funny. Intentionally funny.”

Posted  March 21, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Sorry folks, but Donald Trump is funny. Intentionally funny.”

Damian Reilly writes:Worse, they’re going to have to admit that he’s funny for precisely the reason that Hillary Clinton isn’t: because he’s able to laugh at himself.Did you see him at CPAC? He bought the house down. Halfway through his speech he seemed to drift off into a kind of reverie. Leaning on the lectern, […]

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David Cole on the collapse of the Florida “diversity bridge”

Posted  March 20, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
David Cole on the collapse of the Florida “diversity bridge”

David Cole writes:Prior to pancaking, Diversity Bridge had been championed as “an engineering feat come to life.” One of the geniuses who accomplished this “feat” is an engineer who was hailed by President Obama in 2015 as a “champion of change”: Atorod Azizinamini (…)Needless to say, the day after the collapse, damage control needed to […]

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Jordan Peterson the latest in long line of fascists, and p.s. THE HOLOCAUST!!!! says NY Review of Books

Posted  March 19, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle

zzzzzzzzzz soooo sleeeeepppppy….It is imperative to ask why and how this obscure Canadian academic, who insists that gender and class hierarchies are ordained by nature and validated by science, has suddenly come to be hailed as the West’s most influential public intellectual. For his apotheosis speaks of a crisis that is at least as deep […]

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Jim Goad on “England’s Assisted Suicide”: Telford and Lauren Southern

Posted  March 19, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad on “England’s Assisted Suicide”: Telford and Lauren Southern

Jim Goad writes:It is quite clear that not only do the post-WWII cosmopolites who comprise the modern British managerial elite not only have no compassion for England’s poor and abused whites—rather, they actively hate them.(…)To my knowledge, England’s citizens were never consulted about their deliberate replacement, and I highly doubt that if they were, they […]

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So it’s not just me?! “‘Seven Days in Entebbe’ and the nostalgia for 1970s terrorism”

Posted  March 17, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
So it’s not just me?! “‘Seven Days in Entebbe’ and the nostalgia for 1970s terrorism”

Dominic Green:It was only Seven Days in Entebbe, but it felt like an eternity. The rescue in July 1976 by Israeli commandos of 102 Jewish and Israeli hostages from Palestinian and German terrorists at Entebbe airport in Uganda was a scriptwriter’s dream: a three-act drama of crisis, complication and resolution, in which the good guys […]

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I NEVER Thought I Would Have To Look For Reasons To Remain In the Federal NDP ….

Posted  March 16, 2018  by  leftdog

I’ve voted New Democrat in all Federal elections since 1972 with membership since 1981. With the woeful inexperience and bad judgement of the current Leader, I don’t feel comfortable in the Federal Party anymore. Under his short leadership, major Par…

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“Intellectual women such as George Eliot, Hughes demonstrates, could be comfortably ugly…”

Posted  March 15, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Intellectual women such as George Eliot, Hughes demonstrates, could be comfortably ugly…”

Eliot was “shockingly plain … with a huge nose and missing teeth.” Why, then, did her family fixate on the seemingly insignificant rumor that her right hand was larger than her left, attempting to change and control the narrative about this appendage after her death? In the chapter “George Eliot’s Hand,” Hughes carefully unpacks this […]

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WATCH: Mark Steyn talks with Lindsay Shepherd, who showed her students a Jordan Peterson video and… BOOM!

Posted  March 15, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
WATCH: Mark Steyn talks with Lindsay Shepherd, who showed her students a Jordan Peterson video and… BOOM!

(Background here.)Steyn notes that younger people are less inclined to be supportive (even in the breach) of free speech as a value in and of itself, whereas he “thought young people were supposed to be idealistic…”But these young people ARE “idealistic” — about “social justice” and censorship.What worries me more is their conformity.We also expect […]

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I talk all things Canada — crime, guns, Trudeau, the Fords & more — on the Savage Hippie podcast

Posted  March 14, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
I talk all things Canada — crime, Trudeau, the Fords & more — on the Savage Hippie podcast

More from my siteI was on the Savage Hippie podcast!Gavin McInnes: A Future Letter From a Socialist to President TrumpTalk Radio Watch: this week’s audio/video highlightsNEW Nick DiPaolo podcast: ‘Wops vs Savages’

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I Remember Martin

Posted  March 14, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning


This was an essay I wrote many years ago, about a patient who stayed with me throughout my career.  


I remember Martin. I was 20 years old, barely a nurse. He was 53 and about to die.

While I was studying nursing in the late 1970s and early 80s, there wasn’t much emphasis placed on dying. We were focused on saving patients, teaching them how live with chronic diseases, or helping them heal from various medical procedures. Patients did die of course, but that was when we failed to keep them alive. Palliative and hospice care had been introduced, but were not yet mainstream. We were taught that nurses helped save people, and this is what I believed. Until the day I met Martin.

Martin was admitted to our medical unit to die – to 514, a private room across from the nurses’ station. He had been living with cancer for a few years now and had come to the point that his chemotherapy was no longer providing him with a good quality of life. He had stopped all treatment, including kidney dialysis. On his admission papers, we were told that he would likely die within three days – four days at the most.

I was next in line for admissions that day, so Martin became my patient. I watched as he came out from the elevator. He walked slowly, deliberately towards the unit. I noticed that he wasn’t much taller than I was. He had piercing blue eyes in a round, creased face, and fading blond hair. He was so polite, so nice, so alive. I was told to complete the admission like all others – take a nursing history, ask the questions, fill out the forms. In other words, I was to act as if he was like every other patient on our floor. But he wasn’t. At least he wasn’t to me.

Other than a few patients who had died while I was on duty, and grandparents who I barely knew and who had died in country on another continent, I had little experience with death. But I knew that Martin wasn’t just another patient.

For the first few hours, I didn’t know what to say to him. I went in and out of his room more than I normally would have. I was looking for a way to connect with him. But I didn’t know how. What to say? What to do? I had no guidance, no map.

His daughters came. They were my age, another thing to think about. Martin wasn’t just a patient. He wasn’t just a dying patient. He was a father of two young women who would soon be losing their father. His wife came. She quietly cried in the hall for a few minutes before composing herself. She would be a widow in a few days.

I had been warned that Martin would start to lose mental function as toxins built up in his blood – he would become confused, disoriented. I wanted to connect with him before this happened. But I had no idea how. What I didn’t know was that Martin did.

During one of my visits in his room, he said, “Can I talk to you? Do you have a moment?” I had more than a few. I had cleared away all my other work so I could have time for him. He asked me to sit. I did.

I don’t recall all that Martin talked about, but I do remember him saying how he was afraid that he might start not making sense. How he might say one thing but mean another. He told me that certain things just didn’t matter any more. He explained it by comparing shapes and colors – triangles and circles, red and green. He said, does it really matter that the shapes or colors aren’t the same? Does it really matter that we aren’t all the same?

For the rest of that afternoon, I took care of Martin’s physical needs as he talked about his life, what he had done, and his love for his wife and his daughters. He talked about his regrets and the things he wouldn’t get to do. And he talked about dying. How he was afraid, but he knew it was time.

I went off shift at 4 pm. I didn’t want to go to work the next day. I didn’t want to witness Martin’s decline. I didn’t want to see him die. But I did, because that is what nurses do.

The next morning, I listened to our change-of-shift report and the nurse described Martin’s night. It hadn’t been an easy one. The team leader had thoughtfully given me a lighter patient load so I could spend time caring for Martin. As I entered his room that morning, it was obvious that the man I knew the day before was already gone. He barely opened his eyes, barely responded to my questions.

I tended to him, talking to him every step of the way. I talked about some of the things he had mentioned just the day before. And sometimes there was just silence.

The rest of the day, there was always a family member in Martin’s room and I didn’t want to intrude. I popped in to do what needed to be done, and then left the family to themselves. I left at 4 pm again, after saying my good-byes to the family. I wasn’t scheduled to work the next day. I would likely never see them again. I had no idea what to say.

I thought a lot about Martin that night and all the next day. When I returned to work for my next shift, there was a new patient in 514 – someone with hopes of recovering and going home. Martin was gone.

Twenty-five years later, I began working in hospice The time, the place, and the situations were all very different from that first experience with an expected death. I knew what to do. But I never forgot Martin. When I think about him from time to time, I don’t see him as he lay dying, but as the 53-year-old man who walked onto our floor. And those piercing blue eyes.

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“Hitler murdered more of his enemies, but nobody hated his followers more than Stalin did”

Posted  March 14, 2018  by  Kathy Shaidle
“Hitler murdered more of his enemies, but nobody hated his followers more than Stalin did”

Steve Sailer writes:The most amusing aspect of the impressive, if not particularly comic, new comedy The Death of Stalin is that Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), who earns most of the film’s laughs as Malenkov, the Soviet dictator’s sad-sack nominal successor, saw his face Photoshopped out of the movie’s poster for #MeToo reasons.Ironically, one of Malenkov’s […]

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I Did NOT Support Jagmeet Singh For Leader Of Canada’s NDP (and his actions have confirmed that i voted correctly!!)

Posted  February 22, 2018  by  leftdog

Dear Jagmeet Singh! It is unfortunate that your lengthy, ongoing mistreatment of current sitting New Democrat Member of Parliament, Erin Weir, continues! This is highly unacceptable!! You placed him in political limbo for over 3 weeks based on NO act…

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‘Guilty until proven innocent’ Has NOT Been A Policy of The New Democratic Party Until Jagmeet Singh’s Leadership

Posted  February 12, 2018  by  leftdog

Ten days after NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh suspended MP Erin Weir, details on the ‘investigation’ and timeline were finally revealed on CTV’s ‘Question Period’. While no allegations against Mr. Weir had been received by Mr. Singh, a personal attack by a fellow caucus member saw the suspension of Mr. Weir from Caucus duties.

Mr. Weir is my MP, I voted for him and tried to help with his election. I write this opinion on my own without consultation with anyone. I am speaking publicly against Mr. Singh’s actions because i have no other mechanism to raise my voice on this injustice.

Here is what Mr. Singh has finally outlined concerning the ‘investigation’ of ‘allegations’ against Mr. Weir:

Window to report allegations in Weir investigation closing
As for the process underway to handle the third-party claims of “harassing behaviour towards women” levelled against Saskatchewan MP Erin Weir, Singh said there are about 10 days left in a two-week window for any potential victims to come forward with specific allegations. (!!!!!!!)
On Feb. 1 Singh announced the NDP would launch a probe into the claims levelled against him by fellow NDP MP Christine Moore in an email to caucus.
According to a copy of the email, Weir is named directly by Moore, who alleges that “too many women (mostly employee [sic])” have complained to her about Weir harassing them.
Based on what’s been made public, there is no indication these allegations involved incidents that were sexual in nature.
The independent investigation got underway formally on Feb. 6, Singh’s chief of staff Willy Blomme announced earlier this week.
Blomme said the investigation is being conducted by Michelle Flaherty who is a University of Ottawa law professor and member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
“Once Dr. Flaherty’s work is complete, the MP’s role in caucus will be re-evaluated,” she said in a statement.
Singh said the part of the investigation where the investigator will be open to hearing from victims will total two weeks, closing on Feb. 20.
“Then, the investigator has requested some time to evaluate how long it will actually take to prepare the report,” Singh said.
Citing the investigation, Singh would not comment on whether any men or women had come forward with specific allegations against Weir.
As of last week when Weir appeared on Question Period, no one had spoken up to his knowledge.
“We understand that this is a matter that needs to be done very urgently and we’ll try our best to have it done in an expedient manner,” said Singh. – CTV’s Fifth Estate – Feb 11/18

To have my MP suspended from his caucus duties based upon no allegations and then subjected to a 2 week penalty period in order to allow ‘possible allegations’ to be made against him is a mockery of justice of any kind! This is not the NDP way of treating persons …. this is something else and it is an injustice to Mr. Weir.

In my years of defending the New Democratic Party on this blogsite, I can say that I have NEVER seen worse administrative decisions made by a Leader of the NDP. What Mr. Singh has done to my Member of Parliament is highly unacceptable and may well be clear evidence that  he is out of his league in federal politics.

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Pancakes au lait fermenté (un titre qui ne dit pas à quel point c’est boooooon!)

Posted  February 11, 2018  by  Martine Gingras

Chez nous, il y a de très grandes fans de pancakes. Pour les gâter, j’en ai fait mille et une variantes au fil des ans: babeurre, lait de coco, choco-bananes… Dans mon livre Banlieusardises, vous en trouverez aussi une version … Suite

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Caroline Mulroney: Off To A Grand Start!

Posted  February 10, 2018  by  bigcitylib
Caroline Mulroney defined energy poverty at #MNC2018 as only an elitist can.

“People are living in energy poverty, people have to choose between buying hockey equipment or going out to dinner with their families”https://t.co/AF582tnkGo#PCPO #PCPOLdr pic.twitter.com/RSMtT9dUSm

— JohnToryWatch (@JohnToryWatch) February 10, 2018

Serious, though, this is the kind of thing that makes Doug Ford PCPO leader.

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Over 90,000 Page Views for a Post I Wrote in 2008

Posted  February 9, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

Wow. Just wow.I was poking around in my blog stats this evening. I began writing this blog almost 11 years ago now, so there are lots of posts. Some years, I’m great about posting often. Other years, well, to be honest I don’t think about posting here….

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Jagmeet Singh’s ‘Amateur Hour’ In The Federal NDP Caucus Office ….

Posted  February 9, 2018  by  leftdog

Those of us who are closely following the story concerning allegations against Erin Weir are asking the following questions of Leader Jagmeet Singh:  -what is being investigated? -who is conducting the investigation? -what is the delay i…

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This Is Us took a beloved character, but how?

Posted  February 6, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

If you have been following the TV show This Is Us, you’ve known from the start that a popular character, Jack Pearson, had died. But what the audience didn’t know until this past weekend was how Jack died. Now we know. (If you haven’t watched this epis…

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Is the flu as scary as media stories make it out to be?

Posted  February 4, 2018  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

The seasonal flu, influenza, is front page news across North America. Every day we are reading or hearing of someone who has died – and often it is someone young and healthy, the last person you would expect to die from the flu.So is the flu as scary a…

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Ezra And The Law: A Small Victory?

Posted  December 28, 2017  by  bigcitylib

Ezra Levant’s twitter feed from back in the fall of 2017:Ezra’s twitter feed today, after I sent a series of emails to the Alberta Law Society and then the Law Society of  Ontario arguing that, since the guy is no longer a lawyer, he shouldn’…

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Cinq ans avec des lutins : tours classiques et nouvelles idées pour rigoler

Posted  December 23, 2017  by  Martine Gingras

Attrapés pour la première fois en 2012, nos lutins Gourmando et Bricolin en sont à leur cinquième année de tours pendables. La grande question qui se posait dans la maisonnée en attendant patiemment de les accueillir: allaient-ils réussir à se … Suite

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Life In Scarborough: The Bus Drivers of Scarborough

Posted  November 17, 2017  by  bigcitylib

The lady bus driver on the bus today was wearing a nose-ring.  And the TTC let her drive the bus like that.  She was a white chick so it couldn’t be a religious accommodation thing.  But people will get on her bus and see her nose-ring a…

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Jason Kenney’s Alberta Victory: An Analysis

Posted  October 28, 2017  by  bigcitylib

The knock against Jason Kenney is he is almost 50 and still unmarried.  Is he hiding an “artistic streak”?  PS.  Just try to jam that pipeline down BC’s throat, tar-miner.  There will be hell to pay.That is all.

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Fire Bill Morneau

Posted  October 22, 2017  by  bigcitylib

He’s a fuck-up, a total 5 alarm fuck-up, fucking up  a simple slam-dunk “tax fairness” issue like this.   Bye bye idiot-stick!  Kick his ass so far, Justin, that it doesn’t land until 2018.  That is all. 

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Not A Good Thing

Posted  September 4, 2017  by  bigcitylib

The short version:  at this year’s stampede Calgary Blood & Honour Member (“Leader”?) Kyle McKee got close enough to PM Justin Trudeau to have him autograph what turned out to be a Nazi flag.  The long version can be found here. &nbs…

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Life In Scarborough: Paul Bernardo’s Old Neighborhood

Posted  August 13, 2017  by  bigcitylib

Famed serial killer Paul Bernardo graduated high-school from Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate, down in The Guild. Apparently they’ve left the picture of his graduating class (him included) on the wall there. I was down in The Guild today and heard a stor…

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Barbara Kulazska, Lawyer To The Canadian Far Right, Has Died. Memorial Event Tomorrow

Posted  July 11, 2017  by  bigcitylib

The news can be found here.  As you can see at the site, a “memorial event” is to be held tomorrow at the Richview Library in Etobicoke.  Tributes will be given by such CDN Neo Nazi-types as Marc Lemire and Paul Fromm. Who knows who else…

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Cue the Music: It’s a Small World (and you meet people in the most unexpected places)

Posted  June 27, 2017  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

I’m sending out this blog post from lovely Charleston, S.C. I was invited here on a press trip sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Extended Stay America hotels, to highlight a Hotel Keys of Hope. It’s a program that offers low or no-cost hotel rooms to people who are diagnosed with cancer and  must travel away from home for treatment.
program called

It’s no secret that being ill with an illness like cancer can have a significant financial impact and this program aims to help relieve some of that impact and stress. I’ll write more about the program tomorrow – we have one more day (today) of this event and I have more to learn. But I was psyched about a “it’s a small world” moment I had yesterday.

When you’re on a press trip, you rarely know anyone else. It’s like being invited to a big party and you don’t even really know the host. So no matter how introverted or shy you may be, you have to put yourself out there. In this case, I have stories I have to write about the people I meet, so I really need to put myself out there.

So, as I was going around meeting my fellow event attendees, I saw a lovely young woman and her companion who I’d not met yet, so I went over to chat. As we exchange the usual “where are you from?” question, she told me they were from Montreal. OK. I live in Montreal. Small world. Where in Montreal. St-Henri. Ok, small world continued. My oldest son lived there for a while and my youngest son works in that area now. I told her I live in NDG (another borough). She said she had too and mentioned a street not far from me. Ok, this world is getting smaller. Then I mentioned the suburb I grew up in and raised my children (Chateauguay), and that’s when things got really “woah.” She went to school on our street. She is the same age as my daughter, but they went to different schools.

Nalie Augustin (she’s the younger, prettier one!)

And then I realized who she was. Nalie Augustin. She is a young woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 24 – a very unusual diagnosis at that age. She had been featured in our local news and that’s where I’d seen her. You can read about her on her website and her blog.

She and her boyfriend, Vee, are taking videos and lots of photos of their time here because that’s what they do. Nalie has a YouTube show, in addition to her site, blog, and other social media presence. She offers tips to others who are living through cancer.  She has a mission:

“As a Writer, YouTuber and Speaker, I share my journey for 3 reasons:

Inspiration: I want to inspire you to NEVER GIVE UP! Whether it’s cancer, or whatever it is you wish to conquer, take whatever you can from my crazy journey and let it catapult you into LIVING the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Aspiration: I have big dreams and I refuse to let cancer stop me from achieving them. Knowing that life is short and clearly, we have no idea what tomorrow will bring – every day, I aspire to be better, do better and make a difference in this world for as long as I’m in it.

Awareness: It is my duty to prove that breast cancer doesn’t just happen to elder women. That even the healthiest people are not exempted. Generation X- Y – Z: Check your boobs! I vow to leave as much information as possible for women who may follow my footsteps by providing knowledge that I wish I had!”

She’s an amazing woman with a great message to share. I’m glad I met her.

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Do Nurses Have a Role in Complementary Therapies?

Posted  June 26, 2017  by  Marijke Vroomen-Durning

Last year during the Olympics, the practice of cupping was brought to the forefront. Many athletes were spotted sporting large round welts on their their back, shoulders, and upper chest that were caused by cupping. This caught the attention of the sports analysts and reporters, and the Western world quickly became interested in this new-to-them practice.
Cuppingis an old traditional form of Chinese medicine, often used in conjunction with acupuncture. I went for acupuncture last week to help deal with a headache I had since January. It was a sinus-type headache but tests and scans showed that there was no infection, allergies, inflammation, nothing. So, I returned to an acupuncturist I’d visited a few years before. I forgot that she did cupping after the acupuncture session:
Cupping mark on my shoulder
It doesn’t hurt while cupping is done and while it looks like a nasty bruise, it’s only tender if you press hard on it. It looks awful but – my headache is virtually gone. It’s down to about 10% of what it was before. I’ll be going for another session later this week. So was it the acupuncture? The cupping? Both?
Practitioners claim that cupping can treat many disorders, including asthma, arthritis, GI upsets, and chronic pain, among others. Generally, the practitioner heats the air in a cup, usually with a flame, and the cup is placed on the skin. This produces suction. It’s believed that this suction promotes blood flow to the area, resulting in better health. When the cup is removed, a red or bruising mark may be left behind.
Regardless of what we may personally believe about complementary and alternative medicines, patients are using them. An article I wrote for Oncology Nursing News in 2015 stated that, “53% of American adults used CIT [complementary and integrated therapies] at some point in their lifetime, and 42% said they used it within the past year. People with cancer reported even higher use: 65% of cancer survivors used CIT at some point, and 43% used it within the past year.”
As nurses in North America, we generally work in facilities that focus on evidence-based medicine. Some facilities have developed integrative therapy departments, where patients can benefit from complementary medicines, such as acupuncture or massage therapy, along with Western medicines. These include facilities such as Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, and Mayo Clinic. I wasn’t able to find any similar departments associated with Canadian hospitals, although many major cities do have integrative medical clinics. So what do we say if patients ask us our opinions on complementary medicine?
The College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia published guidelines for nurse practitioners and registered nurses on the topic. The document reviews the nurses’ role in therapies, the nurses’ ethical and professional responsibilities, and how nurses might have a role in practicing complementary therapies. The college concluded: “Registered nurses and nurse practitioners can be actively involved in the delivery of CAHC therapies or simply help clients access appropriate information and make treatment decisions. Regardless of their role, RNs and NPs must be well informed and possess the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide safe care. Having evidence informed knowledge of potential benefits and risks of particular therapies is crucial. As RNs and NPs strive to provide comprehensive care for their clients, they must always ensure that they practise CAHC within the context of a nursing framework and within their standards of practice and code of ethics.”
Personally, I believe in some types of complementary medicine, but not necessarily alternative medicine. I have used acupuncture and massage therapy with good results. Complementary means that the treatment is in conjunction with evidence-based medicine practices. Alternative implies that the treatment is instead of. However, regardless of our own beliefs, it is vital that our patients trust us enough that they tell us if they are undergoing other forms of treatments or therapies. They may be more willing and open to telling their nurses than their doctors, for fear that their doctors will insist that they stop their treatments. As nurses, we can help them understand why it’s important that they be open with their treating physicians.
Do you see a role for nurses in complementary health practices?
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