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On Grief

We attended a funeral today, very dear friends of ours lost their mother. The funeral was difficult for us to attend for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it was hard to see such good friends in so much pain. They adored their mother and she was clearly a bright light in a very […]

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Canadian scientists are in dire straits. They are faced with dwindling funding for training and research, a government which chooses to muzzle and undermine them, and a public that cares more about housewives in Atlanta than the state of Canadian innovation. This problem extends well past our borders. Many developed nations, faced with obscene national […]

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A little over a week ago I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual Don Rix Distinguished Key Note Address. For those of you not in the know, the ADRDKNA (not a good acronym) started last year as a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Genome BC. The event is open to anyone who […]

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On October 23, 2011 the people of Tunisia did something that we Canadians take for granted. They voted. Over 90% of registered voters came out to participate in the first democratic election held since the dramatic revolts that ousted dictator Zine El Abedine¬†Ben Ali. (Granted only 4.1 of 7 million eligible voters were registered). These […]

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“Without partnerships with skilled advocates, epidemiology can be a bit player in debates, rather than able to effectively usher to centre stage evidence-based policies that we would all hope public health policy could be properly built on. Equally, without advocacy the efforts of longitudinal epidemiological efforts can languish in obscure and inward looking academic ghettos […]

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Inertia

“Leaders must wake people out of inertia. They must get people excited about something they’ve never seen before, something that does not yet exist.”¬† ~Rosabeth Moss Kanter   The single most difficult thing about starting a blog (or anything for that matter) is inertia. Overcoming the resistance to change or doing something new requires an […]

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