Monday, October 31, 2011

McGill University Health Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) (in French, Centre universitaire de santé McGill) is a network of teaching and community hospitals in MontrealQuebecCanada affiliated withMcGill University.
The MUHC has one Board of Directors and was formed from the legal merger of Montreal General HospitalRoyal Victoria HospitalMontreal Children's HospitalMontreal Neurological Hospital and the Montreal Chest Institute, which had already merged with the Royal Victoria Hospital. The most recent member of the MUHC is The Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavilion.
A teaching hospital, the MUHC is officially a bilingual institution, providing services in bothFrench and English, as well as a number of other languages, as necessary.



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The MUHC provides tertiary and quaternary care to patients from across Quebec and elsewhere, as well as primary and secondary care and trauma emergency services to adults and children in the Montreal region. The seven clinical missions of the MUHC are: Pediatric Medicine (The Montreal Children’ s Hospital), Medicine, Surgery, Neurosciences (The Montreal Neurological Hospital), Women’s Health, Mental Health and Cancer Care.


The Research Institute of the MUHC is an internationally recognized biomedical and healthcare hospital research centre. It supports over 500 researchers as well as 1,000 graduate and postdoctoral students. It operates more than 300 laboratories devoted to a broad spectrum of fundamental and clinical research and it produces over 1,400 scientific publications per year.


Each year, close to 3,000 people train at the MUHC, including 825 medical and surgical residents, 1,075 nurses, 450 medical students and 525 allied-health students. Continuing education programs are also an integral part of providing the best patient care. All physicians at the MUHC are cross-appointed to the McGill University Faculty of Medicine.


When its new buildings are completed, expected in 2014, the MUHC will close several of its current hospital facilities and replace them with the new state-of-the-art campus at the former Glen Railyards, near the Vendôme metro station. The present site of the Montreal General Hospital, to be called the Mountain Campus, will remain open as a downtown general hospital with an Emergency Department with level 1 trauma unit. This plan received the green light from the Quebec government in June 2007 and will proceed as a public private partnership (PPP). The future location of The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) has not yet been determined (see The Gazette, June 19, 2010 The McGill-affiliated, Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children plans to move to a separate building on the MUHC Glen Campus, which will also have a pediatric pavilion housing the Montreal Children's Hospital.


The MUHC network is formed by:
The MUHC is closely connected to the Shriners Hospital-Canada, which is also affiliated to McGill University.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pride kids & Stockholm Pride .

The symbolic rainbow flags in the city signal preparations for the Swedish capital’s annual queer festival, which runs from July 26 to August 1. Targeted toward all members of the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender), the event has risen in prominence in Stockholm’s summer calendar since the first festival was held in 1998.

Pride strives to make its presence and philosophy — party, love and politics — known all over the city. There’s an extensive program of homo-themed workshops and seminars under one roof at Pride House, located at Stockholm’s Kulturhuset.

The Pride Parade takes its lead from the marches that kick-started the gay right’s movement in America in the late 1960s. On July 31 around 500,000 people are expected to line Stockholm’s streets to watch the procession.

And a makeshift green space on the island of Djurgården is home to Pride Park, which stages concerts and a party atmosphere for festival-goers.

Keeping it in the rainbow family

Amid the build-up, it is here in the park that a dressing-up box is being positioned to entertain a somewhat younger crowd this year. "Children love dressing up," says Helena Ljung Kaukonen, project leader for Pride Kids. "They can play and cross-dress if they want to," she adds.

A pre-school teacher by day, she is leading this new initiative, focusing on activities for kids aged three to seven and their gay parents — a modern family unit that is often referred to as a 'rainbow family'.

"We’re creating a platform for children and their moms and dads to hang out," she says. "Parents can come to Pride without leaving their kids behind."

Ljung Kaukonen believes the project goes hand in hand with the event’s theme for this year — power. "Children need to be seen and be heard," she says. "Everyone is welcome to Pride — it’s about giving power to the kids to be there too."

The program isn’t limited to queer activities alone. Pride Kids is cooperating with a number of Stockholm museums, which are opening their doors to free family tours for those attending the festival.

A child-friendly train will chug its way from the park into the city. It stations at Pride House where drama workshops, circus schools and storytelling sessions have been organized.

Once upon a time there were two dads…

Children's author Anette Skåhlberg will be reading from a selection of her work and is launching Jösta and Johan, the latest book in her collection.

It tells the tale of two male giraffes, in love and ready to start their own family. "But it’s not that easy," Skåhlberg says. "They find a nasty little crocodile that bites them and a lion that gets really angry. They almost give up until they find an egg that they take home and keep in a nest."

Along with the artistic talents of illustrator Katarina Dahlquist, the pair share a vision to make fairytales more modern and set up a publishing company in 2008. Skåhlberg raised her family in a heterosexual household but wanted to expose her children to characters that don’t always fit the norm.

"My daughter used to love princess books," Skåhlberg says. "They were always being saved by a prince on a white horse and the more I read, the angrier I got."

She therefore took it upon herself to pen her first queer fable — the story of Princess Kristalla who escapes from a castle and her suitor to be with her true love, a girl named Vilda.

"It’s so important to reach children with human values and to be open at a young age," Skåhlberg says.

Her message also coincides with a nationwide education project, 'Children in Rainbow Families', which is being launched this autumn by The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL).

The project is targeted toward pre-school teachers to help them introduce the concept of two-mom or two-dad families to youngsters through games, books and play.

"There has been a lot of support for our books but we have been criticized too," Skåhlberg adds. "But rather than manipulation I think of it as celebrating differences."

For Anette, Pride was a natural launch pad for the story of Jösta and Johan. "It’s a festival which can be very adult-oriented," she says. "But nowadays it’s important to include the family aspect too."

Parental pride without prejudice

Caroline Thorén, a busy mom of two-year-old twin girls, agrees. "Pride has to include all parts of homosexual life. As a family we are a minority but we do exist."

Caroline and her partner Therese Eriksson have been a couple for ten years. They are engaged and the proud parents of Anna-Lisa and Iris.

"I always thought I would have children," Thorén says. "As a woman I knew if I was fit and healthy then I would be able to fix it. It’s not something I really questioned."

Caroline and Therese began the process of insemination using an anonymous sperm donor in 2006 at a clinic in northern Sweden. By then a year had passed since Sweden introduced new legislation allowing lesbian couples to receive such treatment in public hospitals.

"We’ve never met anyone who has indicated that we shouldn’t have our children," she adds. "Although we haven’t encountered discrimination, I don’t think all the prejudice has gone away. It’s just not politically correct to talk about those sentiments in Sweden now."

Young, gay and pregnant today

Attitudes are also changing within Sweden’s gay community when it comes to rainbow families, and the possibilities of conceiving their own.

"It's a phenomenon that today’s young HBT crowd feels it is a part of their life," says Ulrika Westerlund, chair of RFSL.

Indeed, since the campaign to be a wife or husband was realized when Sweden legalized same-sex marriage in May 2009, questions of equality have moved to parenting and family law.

"There’s a big difference when you compare with people who are in their fifties — it was never on their agenda," Westerlund adds. "It’s much more common now to consider having a family."

Caroline Thorén says she has the same hopes and fears for her children as any other parent. "Most kids go through something that makes them different," she says. "But I don’t see it as being a problem for our daughters that they have two moms."

"Maybe I am being naive but I’ve seen how fast Sweden has developed when it comes to openness around sexuality," she adds.

Having experienced a huge shift in attitudes towards homosexuals since she came out at the age of 17, Thorén believes the first Stockholm Pride in 1998 was a turning point for change. Now in its thirteenth year, the festival is growing up.

And by the time it reaches adulthood, Thorén hopes that the colors of the rainbow family in Sweden will be more prominent, perhaps with her own family standing out less.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rick Mercer RMR: Rick's Rant - Teen Suicide

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judge has acquitted a Haliburton man who was arrested with a loaded crossbow in his car’s roof carrier a few blocks from Toronto’s G20 security fence.

judge has acquitted a Haliburton man who was arrested with a loaded crossbow in his car’s roof carrier a few blocks from Toronto’s G20 security fence.

Justice David Fairgrieve found Gary McCullough not guilty of weapons dangerous Wednesday after a protracted trial.

“The offence that was charged . . . requires more than speculation that there was a possibility of an accidental discharge,” Fairgrieve said.

At the same time, the judge ordered the man, who has a history of mental illness, to enter into a three-year peace bond to ensure he continues to see a Whitby psychiatrist and has no access to weapons.

McCullough also agreed to forfeit his crossbow.

McCullough, 54, told reporters he was relieved at the acquittal and had endured an “incredibly slow” court process of more than a year.

He was arrested near Yonge St. and The Esplanade on June 24, 2010, just two days before world leaders met here.

Police unloaded the crossbow, a slingshot, propane canisters, chainsaw, knife, hatchet and other objects from his roof carrier.

Const. George Maxwell testified that McCullough told him he owned the crossbow in case he encountered a neighbour who had broken into his car at his Haliburton property.

McCullough testified that, on the contrary, the crossbow was for scaring off bears.

This summer, the judge ruled that police breached McCullough’s constitutional rights by questioning him without first giving him a chance to speak to a lawyer.

His trial lawyer, James Carlisle, had applied to have the statements McCullough made to police excluded on these grounds. The judge agreed.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CBC Get the facts info page.

CBC/Radio-Canada responds to media reports pertaining to the Corporation, which we believe to be out-of-context, inaccurate and/or incomplete. Here, CBC/Radio-Canada publishes the facts and information at our disposal in an effort to set the record straight.

ctober 18, 2011
 What Quebecor won’t tell you about its attacks on the public broadcaster
September 15, 2011
 CBC/Radio-Canada’s future. Opinions welcome, but base them on facts!
September 13, 2011
 CBC/Radio-Canada’s open letter published in The Gazette
August 4, 2011
 Clarification on the coverage of the government’s release of the names and photos of suspected war criminals
July 14, 2011
 Letter to the Toronto Sun editor
April 5, 2011
 CBC responds to Sun on Vote Compass
March 31, 2011
 Jennifer McGuire and Alain Saulnier respond to ombudsmen's opinion on Leaders' Debates
March 21, 2011
 Appearance of "Friends of Canadian Broadcasting" before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
March 10, 2011
 OIC Report Card 2009-2010
March 9, 2011
 Main Estimates 2011-2012: An explanation of the $16.6M decline in funding for CBC/Radio-Canada
January 31, 2011
 CBC/Radio-Canada corrects the record on Caribbean African-Canadian Radio Network’s licensing process
January 19, 2011
 CBC/Radio-Canada opposed to the use of its content in political advertisements
December 2, 2010
 Quebecor – A tarnished ethical and democratic track record
December 1, 2010
 CBC/Radio-Canada’s Open Letter on Access to Information (ATI) Issues
July 22, 2010
 CBC/Radio-Canada corrects inaccuracies in a Sun Media article about its 2010 Opinion Leader survey
May 3, 2010
 CBC/Radio-Canada responds to article by the Toronto Star reporter Robert Cribb
April 1, 2010
 Hubert T. Lacroix: Words won't fix the CBC's business model
March 22, 2010
 CBC/Radio-Canada responds to article by Tom Korski of The Hill Times.
March 5, 2010
 Incorrect information about a funding increase for CBC/Radio-Canada appears in La Presse
June 16, 2009
 Transparency and accountability: CBC/Radio-Canada takes the management of public dollars very seriously
June 5, 2009
 Access to Information Act: CBC/Radio-Canada responds to Sun Media charges
April 2 2009
 CBC/Radio-Canada’s response to the Althia Raj article “CBC’s ritzy retreats. Shelled out $60Gs on 9 meetings – many near its own headquarters,” which appeared April 22, 2009, across the Sun newspaper chain.
February 26, 2009
 CBC/Radio-Canada’s response to Greg Weston’s article, “CBC wants more. In hard economic times others cut, the public broadcaster begs” – The Sun newspaper chain, February 22, 2009.
February 11, 2009
 Ads on radio ― Airing ads on radio is not currently being considered by CBC/Radio-Canada
January 16, 2009
 Access to Information Act - CBC/Radio-Canada and its obligations
November 21, 2008
 Letter from Timothy Casgrain, Chair, CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, to the Minister of Canadian Heritage