Canada Death

How Do I Even Begin to Talk About My Friend Who Passed Away?

Katie Boland | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend died six weeks ago. His name was Kent Nolan. He was 25. He was talented, handsome and successful. He was an actor, a writer, and a filmmaker; the kind people call, "incredibly promising." He was a son, a brother and a friend. He was unbelievably kind.

Is Canada Ready for Assisted Suicide?

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

This past week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. The Court faces a daunting task. Palliative care cannot eliminate every facet of end-of life suffering. Preserving dignity for patients at the end of life requires a steadfast commitment to non-abandonment, meticulous management of suffering and a tone of care marked by kindness. In response to this dignity conserving approach, the former head of the Hemlock Society conceded that "if most individuals with a terminal illness were treated this way, the incentive to end their lives would be greatly reduced."

How Meditation Changed My Life

Komal Minhas | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Komal Minhas

In August 2010, I was attending week three of a youth conference and found myself deep in meditation, sobbing as if I had just emerged from the womb. Here I was, in the middle of Berlin deep in meditation, with the photo of an older Indian man with long hair and in white robes at the front of the room, feeling at my very core that my life was about to change dramatically.

This 3-D Printer Prints...Skin?

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.

10 Ways That Losing a Pet is Worse Than Losing a Human

Angela Hartlin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

People are meant to be resilient and aim to recover from traumatic life events so when you lose a beloved pet, it is natural for those who care about you to ask when you are going to fill the void by adopting another lucky fur-child. Emotionally, we may process it as someone trying to get us to replace the love we just lost.

Here's A Story I'll Never Get To Tell Robin Williams

Brett Caron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

I have my own ideas about what it means to control your own life and the right a person should have to end that life if they choose. But I'm not writing this to spout my opinion on suicide. I'm writing this to tell a story I'll never have the chance to tell Robin Williams, as if I would've had a chance of ever meeting the man.

Why My Depression Never Led Me To Take My Own Life

Jean Bottari | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jean Bottari

My words and my confessions got you thinking? Good because that is my goal. Stop trying to be the strong one -- if you do so for too long you are going to end up like me. Tell yourself that if you think you mean nothing to the world there is at least one person who thinks you are the world.

Man Convicted In Teen Sex Assault And Confinement Teen Dies In Prison

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada

SPRINGHILL, N.S. - A man convicted in the case of a Nova Scotia teen who was kidnapped, chained and sexually assaulted has died in a Nova Scotia priso...

Putting My Mother's Life In Boxes

Sue Nador | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My sister and I have been putting my mom's life into boxes. She died two months ago, so we are sorting through her things deciding what we keep, what goes to others who loved her, and what gets shipped off to strangers in need.

How I Found Beauty Through a Loved One's Death

Lori Gard | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Lori Gard

Hope is truly something beautiful. But so very easy to forget when faced with the pain of loss, when faced with the pain of separation. When faced with death. And while we might forget such when in the midst of great trouble, marked by betrayal and rejection, by the tragedy of disease and unexpected loss of both minor and grave proportions.

What Watching My Parents Grieve Taught Me About A Daughter's Duty

Sara Harowitz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sara Harowitz

We can go days without talking, but I still know their love is there. Most of the time it's comforting, like a hug or a warm sweater. But sometimes it's heavy, almost suffocating, as if their happiness depends entirely on my actions, my life. I don't blame them because I know this intensity only stems from their greatest fear: losing me or my brothers.

This Father's Day, I'm Mourning My Dad

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Seven months later and I'm still stunned by the palpable pain I feel in the pit of my chest when I think of him. I marvel at how grief just patiently sits there quietly, waiting for me to suddenly catch a glimpse of someone who looks like him, or for a whiff of someone's Aqua Velva aftershave, that cheap blue stuff he splashed on his face when I was a kid, and suddenly pain, like a searing knife, cuts through me. Seven months of firsts. The first Christmas without him, first New Years' celebrations, first Easter, and now... the first Father's Day.

Oilsands Worker Dies After On-Site Injury

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A man has died while working on a giant bulldozer in Alberta's oilsands.The provincial government says the 37-year-old was doin...

RCMP Investigate Death Of Alberta Infant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

GLEICHEN, Alta. - RCMP are investigating the death of an infant in southern Alberta.Police say the nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive Sunday a...

Most Canadians Have No Plan For Their End of Life Treatment

Daren Heyland | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
Daren Heyland

Imagine, one day, without any warning, you find yourself in a hospital in a life-threatening situation, unable to communicate. Who would speak for you and make health care decisions on your behalf? That's a question that all Canadians need to contemplate -- but recent studies indicate that most of us have not.

Improving Our Health Care System Could Save Thousands of Lives a Year

Michel Grignon | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

First, we need to learn from the best health regions across the country how to monitor hospital stays (length and quality), guarantee access to family doctors for the poor, and make sure family physicians make up a reasonable proportion of the physician workforce.

How to Die Well

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Living
Harvey Max Chochinov

If all this sounds too daunting, here is some language you might want to consider. Imagine turning to the person you have in mind and begin by saying something like, "I love you." If that feels like a stretch, you can always start with: "Look, I care about you, most of the time" or "What matters to you matters to me."

What Flight MH370 Has Done to Malaysia-China Relations

Munir Majid | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Munir Majid

There have clearly been security lapses which need explanation -- as much to Malaysians as to anybody else. And at the outset, the crisis management could have been better coordinated. However, there is no indication there is something that could have been done to alter the realities of this tragedy. So why has Chinese diplomacy targeted the Malaysian authorities so harshly?

Warning: Always Take a Columnist's Advice at Your Own Risk

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ilia Blinderman

Having a column does not a medical expert make, and we would be wise to keep abreast of our ignorance -- both as journalists and news consumers. Addiction does not care whether you take to its labels or not. It may not give you a choice.

Death, Grief and Facebook

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Facebook is a familiar tool that gives instant access for users to share their emotions, making it a natural place for mourners to gather virtually for group support. However, users could also inadvertently erode the memory of the dead person, altering an image he or she intentionally created.

Using Colour to Help Diagnose Sepsis

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgColour can be used as a powerful identification tool. Even our personal feelings can be described in colourful ways. If we're feeling melancholy, we're blue; if we're jealous, we're green with envy. But there has been one environment where colour has traditionally been less than useful: medical diagnostics.

My Husband Is Gone But His Soul Lives

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Fragments of self are swallowed up, bit by bit, in the voracious maw of Alzheimer's. So many pieces flew away over the years , I found myself wondering what is self? Which aspects of it are essential? What makes us human? What is left when self disappears?

Do You Know This Trick to Life? It's More Than Mere Happiness

Eoin Finn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eoin Finn

I like to tell this story because I feel that our job as yoga instructors is to do what artists, poets, and priests do; to remind us of the great truth that to cling only to sweet as our only form of happiness is a trap. Sorrow teaches us about love and even bliss... if we let it. Ultimately, we can't share the light if we aren't cracked open.

Blue Rodeo Discuss Death, Darkness And 'In Our Nature'

Huffington Post Canada Music | Stuart Henderson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Music

At times, Canadian country-rock outfit Blue Rodeo can feel like two bands sharing a stage. Boasting a pair of the most distinctive songwriters and voc...

Sex, Death And Witches: Movie Frights For Halloween In Vancouver

Allan MacInnis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Allan MacInnis

People like me who get excited about poring over the cheapie bins for bargain-priced cult classics should be positively ecstatic about the October programming at the Vancity Theatre. I talked to VIFC programmer Tom Charity about the VIFC's late October schedule -- including the Vancouver-shot porno chic Sexcula; the inspired decision to have Vancouver's Funerary Call do a live score for Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages; and the two films paired with Häxan: Ken Russell's The Devils -- a serious favourite of mine -- and Dario Argento's Inferno.