Kathleen Finlay
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Kathleen Finlay has been involved in Canadian public policy issues and regulation for more than two decades. She is founder of Patient Protection Canada, and is an advocate for women in the workplace. She created the Zero Now Campaign to end sexual harassment. A frequent commentator on women's issues and healthcare accountability, she can be reached at kayefinlay@gmail.com.

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Our Family's Fifth Christmas Miracle

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 5:17 PM

This will be my mother's fifth Christmas since her life-altering injury and a hospitalization that produced a cascade of incidents and a record number of medical errors that left her many times at death's door.

That's five more years of enjoying her garden in all its seasons and smelling...

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Canadian Doctors Should Learn to Apologize

(10) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Is it helpful to patients and families if hospitals and clinicians apologize when they make a serious error that leads to injury or death? That idea, which to most of us would have a pretty obvious answer, was explored the other day on CBC's The Current. There is...

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When Will Governments Get Tough on Sexual Harassment?

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM

An important survey on sexual harassment in Canada conducted by veteran B.C. pollster Angus Reid confirms what countless women have discovered and many victims have told me: most employers don't take sexual harassment seriously. Investigations are often a sham, if they occur at all. This is just one...

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For True Reform, Ask Women What They Need To Feel Safe

(5) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 3:04 PM

In an ironic twist, former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi has single-handedly done more to bring attention to the scourge of sexual harassment than any public awareness campaign could ever do. Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has also performed an unexpected service in showing that women, even as...

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Eric Duncan's Death Shows the Gravity of Medical Errors

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient who was sent home by the Texas hospital even while presenting with the early stages of the Ebola virus, has died.

Each day, families around the world face the tragedy of medical errors and hospital mistakes that end in death or extreme injury...

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Hospital Abuse of Anti-Psychotic Drugs Must Stop

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:48 PM

A shocking CBC/Canadian Press investigation has again confirmed how powerful anti-psychotic drugs are being abused. This time, the news is about quetiapine, marketed under the brand name Seroquel, being given to female inmates in Canadian prisons.

The problem is not that the drug is being administered to...

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Why We Need To Speak Up For Safer Care in Hospitals

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Standing up for safer care after a hospital has inflicted harm is never easy for a family. In many cases, the patient does not get to be part of that discussion because the damage to them is severe and often fatal. Karl and Marlene Kollinger, the elderly couple...

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Does Sunnybrook Care More About Quality of Death Than Quality of Life?

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Should a hospital really have something called a "Quality Dying Initiative?" Apparently, Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre thinks so. And because it is Canada's largest teaching hospital, what it does carries considerable weight with hospitals across the country.

The program, which came to light recently as part of

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Hospitals Need More Common Sense, Not More Money

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:22 PM

As part of The Globe and Mail's series on the changing healthcare landscape as seen through the eyes of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a recent article focused on the idea of redesigning hospitals to enhance patient safety and comfort. While some steps in that direction could prove positive,...

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How My Elderly Mother Survived Canada's Botched Healthcare System

(39) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Three years ago, on a crisp November morning, my mother fell down a long flight of stairs in her home. I didn't know at the time that her life, and mine, were also about to descend into a dark and often agonizing journey through Canada's healthcare system, or that I...

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Hospitals Can Use Your Tax Dollars to Shut You Up

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 12:08 PM

In Ontario, cancer patients are being denied treatment because the provincial health insurance plan won't cover a drug that could prolong their lives. Some claim the high cost of the medication is the main reason the government won't approve its use. But in the wake of the failed...

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When Hospitals Do More Harm Than Good

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:12 PM

There is a medical emergency rolling across the land and into its hospital rooms. No drug is available to cure it, and it can be as lethal as any superbug. It is the epidemic of hospital medical errors that is literally killing thousands of patients each year and leaving others...

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I Should Decide If My Mother Lives, Not a Hospital

(36) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:36 PM

A recent landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a doctor's unilateral right to deny life-sustaining medical treatment to a patient over the family's objections. Attention needs to turn now to another life and death situation that is often bewildering and sometimes fraught with abuse: the...

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Lack of Hospital Accountability Leaves Canadians at Risk

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 6:53 PM

Many Canadians have learned the hard way that their healthcare system is not nearly as safe as it needs to be. Lack of adequate accountability is keeping it that way. And the reason, as more and more are discovering, is because it works so well for hospitals, policy makers and,...

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Caring for my Mother Shouldn't Cost Me my Career

(22) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Much attention has been focused over the years on the need for employers to have flexible policies that assist women who want to return to the workplace after taking time off to raise children. The flip-side to that coin is even more daunting: the challenges that face women after they...

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We Don't Need Rona Ambrose to Represent Women

(39) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Suppose a private member's bill calling for the nationalization of Canadian banks became the subject of a free vote in the House of Commons. And suppose then the minister of finance voted in favour of it? Might there be some blowback from the big banks? Think a ferocious, career-ending whirlwind...

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Feel That Hand? Yeah, That's Because We're All Muppets

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Few in business have caused such a stir as Greg Smith, who publicly resigned this week from famed Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs by way of the the New York Times.

The fallout from his decision to give up a job that paid him...

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Victims of Sexual Harassment are Twice Punished

(16) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 8:15 AM

Recent events in the United States have seen the long-settled debate over the right of women to have access to birth control bizarrely reopened amid congressional side shows and talk show host tirades. Many are left wondering how far the U.S. has come on issues that are vital...

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