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August 31, 2007

MSN chat early tonight ... around 7 ....Will be in the air by nine !

Off to europe to the Conference on Demographics and Ageing at St Gallen.

August 29, 2007

Environment, Ontario and National Caucus

Environment, ontario caucus, national caucus and elvis !!! Started this am with John Godfrey and environemental caucus ...

August 28, 2007

National Caucus... Newfoundland!

This afternoon great discussion at women's caucus ... Particuarly re violence against women and rural women ...

August 28, 2007

The crisis in universities and the humanities ..

Very frank conversation with The President of Memorial University (MUN), Dr. Axel Meisen, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Noreen Golfman who is also President of the Canadian Federation for the Humani

August 27, 2007

Newfoundland women ...

Terrific roundtable today with Maria Minna our critic for women's issues, members of women's caucus and siobhan coady and women's groups from across the island.

August 26, 2007

Newfoundland .... Spectacular ...

Was thrilled to arrive here on the rock ... Fantastic dinner at Siobhan and Pat Coady's'..

August 25, 2007

Article in Saturday's Charlottetown Guardian!

Liberals willing to listen to people, says visiting MP; Carolyn Bennett contrasts her party with one-man band style of Stephen Harper Tories

August 24, 2007

Angie Cormier and PEI!!

What a treat to be there tonight in Egmont riding Pei !! An amazing story ... Angie Cormier from Acadian roots moved back to Canada from Louisiana over 20 years ago ... Totally bilingual with a little southern accent ... Diving in to her community here .

August 24, 2007

Article in the The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Former Liberal leadership hopeful Carolyn Bennett meeting Islanders Friday; MP spending day with groups fighting for rights of women , seniors and disabled

August 23, 2007

Baddeck .... spectacular Cape Breton and the fantastic people of the National Collaborating Centres

Terrific overview and discussion this morning on the progress of the new Collaborating Centres......Aborginal Health, Environmental Health, Infectious Diseases, Determinants of Health, Health Public Policy and Methods and Tools...

August 21, 2007

Black and white and shades of grey ..

The CMA discussion today on their document Putting Patients First began beautifully.....

August 21, 2007

My Monthly Article in the Town Crier - Forest Hill Edition

Do I really need a lawn?

August 20, 2007

Story from today's Toronto Star -West Nile detectected in Toronto

scroll down to the bottom of the story for Toronto Public Health's advice on how how to stay protected

August 20, 2007

The Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships and The Canadian CED Network

What an inspiring afternoon ...

August 20, 2007

Seniors ... With Wendy Yuan at the collingwood neighbourhood house

Thanks to Wendy Yuan ... We were able to meet with the great group of seniors and advocates at the Collingwood neighbourhood house tonight ..

August 20, 2007

Continuum of care..... CMA resoltuions....

very thoughtful discussion today regarding the essential parts of health care not covered by the Canada Health Act... doctors and hospitals...

August 19, 2007

CMA Governance and Health and the environment ...

I learned a great deal this afternoon at the 2 educational sessions at the CMA in Vancouver - Governance and Health and the Environment.

August 18, 2007

Indigenous medical students presentations

real hope and great results !!

August 18, 2007

Pat Murray .. and Dan Hays

Last time i was out i met Pat Murray at the Friends of Medicare meeting ... He is the Liberal candidate for the provincial riding of Calgary North Hill ...

August 17, 2007

Indigenous Physicians Association ...

An important solution to closing the embarrassing gap in health status of our First Nations, inuit and metis.

August 17, 2007

Article in the Windsor Star

Seniors' critic hits Windsor

Natalie Taylor Special to The Star

Friday, August 17, 2007

August 16, 2007

Sicko with Dion and the RNAO

Terrific initiative ...

August 15, 2007

Fredericton with Andy Scott and the Stepping Stone Club

Andy Scott gets it !!!

August 14, 2007

Moncton .... Soldiers and seniors

Was please to be able to be able to be there this morning with Stephane Dion and members of the Canada and the World caucus committee to hear about the social and economic needs of our military families.

August 13, 2007

Habitat for humanity ... Green !!

What an experience ... From the amazing staff to the teams of volunteers... Home depot, career carpenters .... I was so impressed ...

August 11, 2007

On the road again !!! London, perth wellington!!

Terrific day again ...started with a great breakfast with sandra gardiner and joanne mcgregor who shared a lot of great ideas on the needs of seniors particularly the frail elderly ...

August 10, 2007

Peterborough... With Betsy McGregor ..

Terrific day ...

August 9, 2007

Windsor today !! Seniors and Cancer Prevention

Went down on the train ... Got lots done on the way and then 2 great meetings.

August 8, 2007

Math and science !!

Great meeting today with Dr. Jim Arthur who came to meet with me to strategize on how we can increase the awareness of the need for basic science research.

August 8, 2007

Gov. Eliot Spitzer's speech on his first seven months in office!

Yesterday the Gov. of NY, Eliot Spitzer delivered a speech at the Chautauqua Institution that calls for a politics that balances the passion and power we need to confront the injustices of our time -- foreign or domestic -- with the humility to make

August 6, 2007

Simcoe Day in Simcoe County... Tiny Township

my annual history lesson...Mrs. Simcoe's dogs were Tiny, Tay and Flos...3 townships here...Dreamy day...back to the City tomorrow...a whole week not in a car once !!! a great week for Peter and my Dad and I...'cept the boys kept Marley in the city

August 3, 2007

Great news from Elizabeth O'Connor and the fight to keep Huronia District Hospital SECULAR

on the threat of medical staff resignations...the Board agreed to rescind their decision to merge with the Penetang Hospital under Catholic Governance....the Board needs to know that their misguided decision has raised many concerns

August 3, 2007

worrying news from Congress.... bill permitting the importation of cheaper drugs from Canada passed

this is terrible public policy and predictable politics.... instead of creating effective domestic drug pricing...congressmen have succumbed to this cosmetic bad policy...

August 2, 2007

Canadian Doctors for Medicare...excellent members newletter today from Danielle Martin

their response to the CMA paper on public private has been excellent..... to read the CMA paper click here To read the CDM responses click

July 29, 2007

our beloved Georgian Bay ! the water is 80 degrees and perfect.... no MSN tonight !!!

we're off on a little adventure ....we're going to take Pete's boat up to Nare's Inlet... in memory of Peter's father who died this spring... Peter's family summered at Nare's, we even had our honeymoon there...every year we took our boys on the boat and

July 28, 2007

Keep our Hospital for Everyone...www.geocities.com/secularhospitalhdh

the fight for a secular Huronia District Hospital is a local, provincial, national and international issue.... the bottom line mentality of the Board has resulted in a bad decision and terrible precedent for health and health care in Ontario and Canada..

July 27, 2007

Terrible banner ....

Terrible misleading banner in the Globe this am ...

July 26, 2007

Aboriginal Affairs Committee today,,, totally bizarre,,,

The Chair of the committee recalled the committee today to do the clause by clause on Bill 44 to amend the Human Rights Act.. at the same time the Minister and the Government is refusing to sign the UN Declaration on Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples.

July 25, 2007

Staff retreat... and Simcoe North

the office is being painted today.... so it was a terrific day for the staff and I to come up north for our semi-annual retreat .... and receive the great Liberals of Simcoe North for a Bar B Que tonight...

July 24, 2007

my contribution to this month's Town Crier .... no more secrets !!!

At the Canada Day picnic my friend Howard Brown overheard me chatting with the firemen at Wells Hill Park... I was telling them that my Dad had been a fireman before the war.... Howard was amazed ... he's known me for over 10 years and didn't know that ..

July 20, 2007

Cynicism .... Grrrrr...

In preparing some of my thoughts on citizen engagement for a presentation in September, I reread Allan Gregg's speech to the Public Policy Forum dinner ...

July 19, 2007

Canadian Society for International Health.. Balkan Study Tour

Honoured to be asked to meet with the impressive group of health providers and health promoters from the Balkans today on the issues of youth and health promotion and primary care.

July 18, 2007

quoted in the Toronto Star today

The census report released yesterday shows us just how important it is to adjust our policies to our aging population. 1 in 7 Canadians is now 65 or older!

July 18, 2007

Liberals for MMP..... mixed member proportional ...not a gas additive !!

We are very worried about the lack of knowledge about the upcoming referendum on electoral reform.......

July 16, 2007

Bluma Appell ... another icon gone from us....

Bluma represents a whole cohort of wonderful generous Montrealers who moved to Toronto 25 or so years ago and changed our city and our country .....

July 15, 2007

Ken Dryden hates hats! His article is in the Star today . .

I must admit I love mine !!!! Have to admit tho' it's an Australian Akubra a little more modest that the huge white (and this year Pink) Stetsons !!!

July 15, 2007

Salsa on St. Clair..... What a fabulous success ... muchos gracias a todos !

Huge congratulations to Joe Mihevc ... who together with neighbour John Montesano of Telelatino and the Wychwood Heights and Hillcrest BIA's have built the fastest growing festival in Canada - over 100,000 people/day in just 3 years...

July 14, 2007

Conference call today with Hedy Fry and all the women candidates in BC

terrific idea ... Hedy invites each of the critics onto the call to do a policy update on our file...but also for me ot hear from them what they are hearing on the ground relating to seniors, persons with disabilities and the social economy.

July 13, 2007

Ed Mirvish... a huge loss to Toronto and Canada

The newspaper articles and photos have been a fantastic tribute to his life...but being there this am at Beth Tzedec listening to Anne and David was unbelievably moving...and inspiring.... he just did it...made a better city...

July 12, 2007

Ottawa today.... catching up.... but also conspiring with the amazing Sandra Zagon

Terrific breakfast with Sandra Zagon...she even met me at the airport.... re the upcoming C2D2 conference...in Vancouver .. I can't wait ....

July 12, 2007

a great article by Russell Smith in today's Globe

'I love it when politicians listen to me'

July 11, 2007

Dion in Halifax..... Town Hall this afternoon... fundraiser tonight

the Town Hall was terrific..... Stephane is so good at the questions and answers ....he is encyclopaedic on the files, voracious reader and unbeleievably practical....

July 11, 2007

Halifax... Assembly of First Nations.... the Minister AWOL

excellent meeting.... terrific presentations on Water, Housing, Social Issues, Health ... great to be there with Anita Neville our critic for Aboriginal Issues. Bob Rae was invited to speak to the Assembly, he was terrific and warmly received.

July 10, 2007

MRI's and CT scans.....

Today I was take my Dad to Women's College for an MRI.... his Chest Xray hasn't completely cleared since his pneumonia so Dr. Malecki wants to make sure there isn't something else there.

July 10, 2007

Congrats to David Onley ... Our LG designate ..

What a terrific opportunity to demonstrate the 'full citizenship' of an amazing Canadian with a disability.

July 10, 2007

Our health care system ... An alternative to too many pills !!!

Took my Dad to see Dr. Linda Rapson yesterday. She is amazing !

July 10, 2007

Walk the Doc!!!

6:30 this am I had our walking meeting with the amazing Dr. Lisa Doupe...

July 9, 2007

Serendipity ...

John Hartman x3

July 9, 2007


a night out at the movies.

July 8, 2007

It's hard not to think of The Bay

I could see everything from the plane!

July 8, 2007

The Hays breakfast

A Stampede tradition....

July 7, 2007

Dignity ... my new favourite word... Bob Dylan said it first !!!

at the meeting with Friends of Medicare ... I admitted that dignity was my favourite word... I have always thought that a dignity tool to measure dignity would be a powerful force in public policy

July 7, 2007

7/7/7 .... Gotta feel lucky

Great breakfast with Stéphane Dion and over 200 amazing Albertans !

July 6, 2007

Howdy from the Calgary Stampede !!

'Are you tough enough to wear pink ?'

July 5, 2007

What a wonderful dinner tonight ....

I was honoured to be included in the Donor Appreciation dinner tonight for George Smitherman with Stéphane Dion as special guest.

July 4, 2007

We mourn the loss of 6 more of our brave soldiers...

I was there at the memorial at Kandahar airfield....now 66 soldiers have been lost... each one is a life ended way too early ... but also a family and a community that will be forever changed...it seems so unreal...

July 3, 2007

Dr Ricki ... she'll always be with us...... prodding us to do better....

We were all there at Beth Tzedec this afternoon...yet it seemed so unreal..... I had been into to see her a week ago Friday at the Western.... she seemed so peaceful....

July 2, 2007

MSN chat tonight ! at 10

postponed from Canada Day

July 1, 2007

Happy Canada Day..... 140 years strong !!

940 hot dogs later !! we celebrated Canada Day in St. Paul's today at Wells Hill Park... Huge thank you to Anne Sorrenti and Esther Shron and Peter Paz from my office and the tremendous volunteers....

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