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Not sham, not flam, real substance
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Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie2016-09-30 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC

For many Canadians electing the Trudeau Liberal government in 2015 was in hope of a fresh move away from the sham of some past governments.

It was also in hope for more than just flamboyance, indeed a hope for real substance. Meaningful and effective governance of our country and in world affairs.

Almost one year into the Liberal mandate, 1 down 3 to go, and where are we?

What is the plan that will propel our economy, save our environment, ensure transparency and reduce bureaucracy?

Burnout and Resilience
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Vancouver BC - Oct 19, 2011.

burning candleA talk on burnout in doctors at a recent conference in Vancouver provided good information and stimulated further exploration.

During questions the speaker said the prevalence of burnout in doctors is 20 percent and tends to occur in pockets or clusters.

The talk focused on burnout resulting from lack of recognition while caring for others. Although burnout can also result from lack of recognition from colleagues and co-workers, lack of resources, and degree of bureaucracy.

Burnout can also occur in other aspects of our lives besides our work.

Good news from the talk is research shows that when individuals examined their level of burnout and attended to the risk of burnout they were not only able to reduce their current risk but their future risk of burnout continued to remain less and even improved further over time.

What is Bill C-51 about?
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Have you been wondering what Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act 2015, is about?

Here's a two minute guide.

Is the new BC Health Care Agreement the right medicine for better health care?
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Z. Essak, MD - Dec 3, 2014.

In a few days, the three weeks of voting on the new BC health care agreement with doctors will end and the results of the vote will be known.

What have we learned through the process?

Dr Karpiak on Bill Good CKNW - Bureaucracy in health care is not sustainable
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Dr Dennis Karpiak, Internist and former BCMA Board Director from the Interior of BC speaking on the Bill Good Show CKNW radio 980 on July 10, 2012.

"It's become increasingly more difficult to sustain a practice in this province."

"The BCMA 20 years ago formed the Regionalization committee that predicted the rise of bureaucracy and a decline in patient care funding."

"Currently you can walk through any hospital and you'll see more administration offices than patient rooms."

Listen to the whole interview.

The future of medicine and health care in BC and Canada: Where are we going?
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Norman Rockwell Doctors Office2016-07-21 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC

What is the future of medicine and health care in BC and Canada? Where are we going?

While everyone is out having fun in the summertime, the Government and other organizations, use this time to put out information they know few will have time to see or digest. Much like they also use the busy time of Christmas and the Winter holiday season to slip through items. Some people may just consider it prudent timing, others may see it as deliberate avoidance of proper public consultation.

In recent weeks we have heard about the "GP for Me" initiative of the BC Government with co-management by the Doctors Of BC, legally incorporated as the British Columbia Medical Association.

This initiative has been one of several emanating from the agreements of 2006 and subsequently.

The goal of "GP for Me", a GP for everyone in BC who wants one by 2015, has not been met.

However, we do not hear the Minister of Health, Terry Lake, or the Doctors Of BC speak of having failed to meet the target.

Survey: Have you ever filed a complaint on the conduct of a Judge with the Canadian Judicial Council?
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Canadian Judicial CouncilHave you had concerns about the conduct of a Judge in Canada distinctly separate from the ruling of the Judge? Have you considered or filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council?

Please complete this brief survey to share your experience and thoughts.

Thank you.

New Governance with Representative Assembly for Doctors of BC - Part 1
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Voting on the Doctors Of BC, BC Medical Association, proposed Bylaws change will close in a few days. Voting on the Governance Referendum began on December 6, 2016 and closes on midnight January 18th, 2017.

The Doctors of BC information provided to members on the proposed bylaws change was also released as news to the public on the Internet and urges members to support the changes.

The PMA results are in but how much support is there really? - the Simi Sara Show, CKNW
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The results of the vote on the 2012 Physician Master Agreement (PMA) are in but how much support is there for it, really?

Listen to The Simi Sara Show July 25, 2012 broadcast on CKNW Radio and the Chorus network.

The show starts with Dr Shelley Ross, BCMA President and host Michael Smyth on the Bill Good Show including an audio clip of Dr Roland Orfaly.

Then Simi Sara speaks with Dr Dennis Karpiak and Dr Zafar Essak.

Here it is.

Health issues for adults born with cerebral palsy
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What happens to children born with cerebral palsy when they become adults?

In one case an individual born with cerebral palsy when they were an adult in their early 30’s had progressive deterioration of function involving their affected upper limb.

The individual was reviewed by their orthopedic surgeon who suggested botox injections for spasms and possibly some cosmetic improvement to the upper extremity although not optimistic for functional improvement.

Job Posting for Deputy Registrar at College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSBC) – Is something different?
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Z. Essak, MD – Vancouver, BC – 2015 Apr 23

medical regulation shield imageThe College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC is looking to hire a new Deputy Registrar with the deadline for applications of April 30, 2015 fast approaching.

Is there something different about the experience required in this job posting – “a career opportunity in medical regulation”?

The proven experience and qualifications all candidates should have begins with, "minimum 10 years of senior administrative experience in a complex health-related organization (e.g. regulator, health authority, association, etc.)"

Also the requirements, while including "medical degree preferred", are open to others with "master of business/health administration or law degree also accepted".

Is this a sign of changes or a shift underway at the College (CPSBC)?

Viscose rayon and health effects on workers during manufacturing
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 Fake Silk by Paul BlancPaul Blanc, University of California professor of medicine, chair of occupational and environmental medicine and author of the book "Fake Silk - The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon" has written about the dangers and health effects to workers in the manufacturing of these materials.

In a recent radio interview on CBC The Current he talks of the dangers and medical effects of exposure to carbon disulfide used in the manufacturing process and the diversity of products. He speaks of places where there are better working conditions and worker safeguards while there are other places where this is not so.

The toxic effects of carbon disulfide are dramatic and onset early. It easily travels into brain tissue and causes insanity along with other medical problems.

are you sure you want to drive this car ?
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You are done driving your bicycle, as you have successfully completed your race car driving school.

You decide that it is time to buy a car and put your training to use, driving people around, to feed your family, pay your student loans, mortgage etc …

You go to the only car dealerships available, all state owned dealerships, and you have no choice as they have a state sanctioned monopoly.

Will the new BC Societies Act transition be a train wreck?
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Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC - February 13, 2017.

Train wreckNo one can deny the importance of BC societies to communities large and small throughout the province, assisting all kinds of people as charitable and not for profit societies, including associations that represent occupations and professions.

What can we learn from the early example of transition by the Doctors of BC, the BC Medical Association, formerly a Reporting Society, declaring themselves to be a member-funded society and escaping public disclosure. Do they even meet the required criteria?

When we ask, it may come as a shock to learn the BC Registry is not confirming compliance requirements are met. Is the BC Government failing to provide proper leadership and oversight to the tasks of government?

Is the public trust being neglected? Will there be havoc on public interest and individual rights? Are we going to see a train wreck?

What are the fiduciary duties of directors of the BC Medical Association?
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Vancouver, BC - Z. Essak, April 22,  2014

The BC Medical Association (BCMA), now rebranding itself as the DoctorsOfBC, is a non-profit Society in BC. It is a voluntary professional association of physicians that purports to represent all BC physicians in negotiations regardless of whether or not physicians choose to be a member.

The 2014 BCMA elections are now underway. Which way are the winds blowing? Are they winds of change? Are they strong enough? Will we see openness, transparency and accountability emerge or continued substitution with opaque communications and marketing?

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Will the new BC Societies Act transition be a train wreck?
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Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC - February 13, 2017.

Train wreckNo one can deny the importance of BC societies to communities large and small throughout the province, assisting all kinds of people as charitable and not for profit societies, including associations that represent occupations and professions.

What can we learn from the early example of transition by the Doctors of BC, the BC Medical Association, formerly a Reporting Society, declaring themselves to be a member-funded society and escaping public disclosure. Do they even meet the required criteria?

When we ask, it may come as a shock to learn the BC Registry is not confirming compliance requirements are met. Is the BC Government failing to provide proper leadership and oversight to the tasks of government?

Is the public trust being neglected? Will there be havoc on public interest and individual rights? Are we going to see a train wreck?

Viscose rayon and health effects on workers during manufacturing
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 Fake Silk by Paul BlancPaul Blanc, University of California professor of medicine, chair of occupational and environmental medicine and author of the book "Fake Silk - The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon" has written about the dangers and health effects to workers in the manufacturing of these materials.

In a recent radio interview on CBC The Current he talks of the dangers and medical effects of exposure to carbon disulfide used in the manufacturing process and the diversity of products. He speaks of places where there are better working conditions and worker safeguards while there are other places where this is not so.

The toxic effects of carbon disulfide are dramatic and onset early. It easily travels into brain tissue and causes insanity along with other medical problems.

Opinion: B.C. doctors have been kept in the dark about Doctors of BC bylaw amendments
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Dr Caroline Wang, Vancouver BC. January 18, 2017.

Doctors of BC members are being encouraged by the association’s leadership to vote in favour of proposed bylaw amendments to relinquish their democratic right to elect the board of directors. If passed, the new policies and governance structure would, in effect, disenfranchise the approximately 12,000 physician members as the owners of the sole representative association for the medical profession in B.C.

Most worrisome, the majority of doctors appear to be unaware of the profound implications and risks of the proposed changes that would impact physicians, patients and the health-care system. It’s little wonder that the vast majority of doctors, who are interested in practising medicine and not trained in matters of policy governance, would choose to ignore the governance referendum as irrelevant to their practice. They don’t know what they don’t know.

New Governance with Representative Assembly for Doctors of BC - Part 1
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Voting on the Doctors Of BC, BC Medical Association, proposed Bylaws change will close in a few days. Voting on the Governance Referendum began on December 6, 2016 and closes on midnight January 18th, 2017.

The Doctors of BC information provided to members on the proposed bylaws change was also released as news to the public on the Internet and urges members to support the changes.

Cannabis, marijuana, what do we know?
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Chemurgy2016-10-16 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC

Cannabis is a plant that has been part of human history for thousands of years and on every continent. The uses of cannabis are far beyond just medical and recreational use.

Legalizing cannabis with regulations and taxation may simply perpetuate a narrow view rather than create greater openness, understanding and economic growth.

The Canadian Medical Association 2016 survey showed that almost 40% (39.7%) of doctors agreed or strongly agreed that people should be allowed to grow their own plants, another 22.7% didn't know, and less than 40% (37.6%) of doctors disagreed or strongly disagreed.

What will be the recommendations of the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation? Chaired by Anne McLellan, former deputy prime minister under Paul Martin and former health and justice minister.

What will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the federal Liberal party, and the Government of Canada decide to do?

What do we really know about cannabis?

Is cannabis more than just good for medical and health use, is it also good for the economy and the environment?

Do we need public oversight to the conduct of Judges?
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Statue of Themis oversees court room2016-10-05 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC

Before we reach a crisis with the Judiciary in Canada is it time for public oversight to the conduct of Judges?

Recently, we have seen the case in Alberta where justice has been delayed and could possibly be derailed because a Judge was not up to date with applicable laws.

We have also seen a case of inappropriate remarks by a Judge, on keeping legs together, raising questions as to him continuing as a Judge.

These are not isolated cases. The Canadian Judicial Council receives many complaints annually, 159 in 2014 and 173 in 2015, on the conduct of Judges from across the country. How do they deal with them?

Will the Federal Government introduce legislation to add public oversight to the Canadian Judicial Council and committee responsible for dealing with complaints on the conduct of Judges?

Survey: Have you ever filed a complaint on the conduct of a Judge with the Canadian Judicial Council?
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Canadian Judicial CouncilHave you had concerns about the conduct of a Judge in Canada distinctly separate from the ruling of the Judge? Have you considered or filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council?

Please complete this brief survey to share your experience and thoughts.

Thank you.

Not sham, not flam, real substance
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Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie2016-09-30 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC

For many Canadians electing the Trudeau Liberal government in 2015 was in hope of a fresh move away from the sham of some past governments.

It was also in hope for more than just flamboyance, indeed a hope for real substance. Meaningful and effective governance of our country and in world affairs.

Almost one year into the Liberal mandate, 1 down 3 to go, and where are we?

What is the plan that will propel our economy, save our environment, ensure transparency and reduce bureaucracy?

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