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Body Politic #7: Oh, Canada?

lyndsie bourgon

When we talk about health care, do we end up invoking nationalism above all else? In an editorial posted recently on The Mark, Herbert Emery, a professor of health economics at the University of Calgary, argued that our health care system isn’t going to evolve until we leave the idea of what is, and isn’t, […] More »

Body Politic #6: Mental health systems are failing foster children

lyndsie bourgon

Susan Chamberlain says she’s reluctant to complain about money. We’re talking about the difficulties in providing mental health care for foster children, and the problem is essentially one we hear from so many reaches of health care policy. The ‘R’ word: resources. There’s not enough money. “There’s no question that the kids need it,” says […] More »

Body Politic #5: Our unhealthy addiction to health care

lyndsie bourgon

When we’re put on wait lists, or stand in line at clinics, or fall asleep in waiting rooms it’s easy to think that there’s something wrong with Canada’s health care system. We need more doctors, we need more nurses, we need more surgeons — we need a better way to get better. But what if […] More »

Body Politic #4: Is circumcision genital mutilation?

lyndsie bourgon

A few years ago I was assigned a story about circumcision for a national women’s magazine. My research into the topic took me far beyond medical technicalities—circumcision in Canada is a controversial topic, surrounded by heated debate across provinces, religious lines and parental preference. I conducted interviews across the board—from a doctor in Nova Scotia, […] More »

Body Politic #3: Taking on the Breast Cancer Industrial Complex

lyndsie bourgon

One of the perks of attempting to forge a career from your home office as a writer is the amount of time you’re able to just sit back and read. I’ve convinced myself that this is “research”, but lately I’ve been reading almost everything, including, I’ll admit, trash. Which is how I came to crack […] More »

Body Politic #2: Who's really in control of your birth control?

lyndsie bourgon

My doctor and I sat there, blankly staring at one another, wondering where we both went wrong. I was perched beside his desk, asking for a prescription refill for my birth control. “You don’t need to ask me,” he kept saying. “Just call ahead, ask for what you’d like and come pick it up at […] More »

Body Politic #1: Health care of the rich and famous

lyndsie bourgon

[Editor’s note: today we introduce “Body Politic,” a new blog column about medicine and public health, written by Lyndsie Bourgon. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter. Body Politic will appear every other Thursday.] As the Calgary Flames hit the ice this weekend they appeared to show no great superpower, which is what I […] More »

ThisAbility #39: Gay and disabled in Canada? Back in the closet for you

aaron broverman

If you combine my disability with Queerly Canadian writer Cate Simpson‘s sexual orientation, you may at least approximate the person who should be writing ThisAbility this week. Nevertheless, as a straight male, I’ve still been hearing rumblings of this problem among LGBT friends (and friends of friends) with disabilities for years, even though I don’t […] More »