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2016-10-16 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?
2016-10-05 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?
Have 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.
2016-09-30 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?
2016-08-22 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC
We better be careful not to get swept away by the spin of BC Liberals pre-election buzz.
And when it comes to the spin on health care they're not alone.
The same spin seems to be coming from the leaders of the medical association DoctorsOfBC. Is this the result of being co-managers of BC healthcare for almost a decade through the GPSC and other initiatives?
Is it any surprise they are all so complimenting of each other?
What are we to believe? That they have a plan? That it's going to work, someday, soon?
Yes, the plan to spend tax payer dollars is happening. Billions of dollars and hundreds of millions over budget. So where are the results?
2016-07-21 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.
Medicine is, at its center, a moral enterprise grounded in a covenant of trust. This covenant obliges physicians to be competent and to use their competence in the patient's best interests. Physicians, therefore, are both intellectually and morally obliged to act as advocates for the sick wherever their welfare is threatened and for their health at all times.
Today, this covenant of trust is significantly threatened.
The results on the survey so far may come as a surprise.
Was it fair to ask these questions? Some comments have questioned this, but these are some of the questions that doctors have been asking each other in hallways, over coffee, and at meetings. So why not ask them in a survey?
The survey was not sponsored by anyone. All members of doclounge can use the survey tools to create a questionnaire and the survey was made public to allow the questions to be answered anonymously. The tools can be used for any kind of survey.
What are the results of the survey?