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Gary McPherson: A stubborn hero who saw ability, not disability — Gary McPherson was a free spirit who, ironically, lived much of his life in an institution. In October, 1955, during a holiday in Edmonton, the sporty nine-year-old boy from the Yukon fell ill and was rushed to hospital. He was one of countless thousands of children who contracted polio during an epidemic that swept North America.

A childhood disease with adult consequences — There has been an alarming increase in the number of cases of mumps and other childhood diseases in recent years, but it's taken a few millionaire hockey players to get infected - notably superstar Sidney Crosby - for the rest of us to take notice.

Court was right to find parents guilty in son's meningitis death — David and Collet Stephan failed to seek medical care for their 19-month-old son, Ezekiel, in a timely fashion and he died. For that, they were found guilty of failing to provide the necessities of life, and rightly so.

Taking an abstinence-only approach to vaping undermines public health — The prestigious Royal College of Physicians in Britain has just delivered what can best be described as a ringing endorsement of e-cigarettes, saying they are "beneficial to public health" and the "public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking."

The $6.6-million doctor distorts Ontario’s pay battle — Let's talk about the $6.6-million man. During a press conference on Friday, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Health Minister, revealed that more than 500 of Ontario's 33,000 doctors bill the provincial health insurance program more than $1-million, including one ophthalmologist who billed an eye-popping $6.6-million. The reaction to that revelation was fascinating and telling.

Go ahead, have that BLT for lunch — By now, you've probably seen the horrific headlines warning that bacon - bacon! - causes cancer. So do hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, sliced ham and beef jerky. Processed meats are lethal, just like tobacco and asbestos, according to the august International Agency for Research on Cancer.

End-of-life care: Assist your loved ones with clear instructions — With the introduction of Bill C-14 (medical assistance in dying legislation), the debate around assisted death is hitting a fever pitch. But let's not forget that, no matter what the final legislation looks like, very few people will actually avail themselves of a hastened death.

Risk-averse assisted-death law fails Canadians who are suffering — In February, 2015, the Supreme Court gave Parliament some important homework: Draft right-to-die legislation that respects the Constitution and the social mores of 21st-century Canada. Fifteen months and two governments later, the much-avoided and then cobbled-together-at-the-last-minute assignment has been handed in.

Ontario doctors’ pay must be negotiated, not imposed — Ontario's doctors have now been without a contract for more than two years. While both sides - the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - say they are willing to get back to the bargaining table, there have been no formal talks for more than a year.

The real ‘drug crisis’ is our failed public response to use and abuse — Canada is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis. Actually, fentanyl is just the latest drug to take centre stage in a seemingly never-ending string of crises featuring the "fill-in-the-blank" drug du jour: Opium, cocaine, heroin, crack, OxyContin, heroin again and now fentanyl. What's next?
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