Just the Facts with Blair King

July 26, 2017

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Blair King an earth scientist who specializes in environmental remediation and speaks out on a range of resource based issues. He appreciates emotional appeals are extremely compelling and he understands why we all want to rally around a good story.

King, however, worries we’re making complicated policy and land use decisions based on emotion and sidelining the facts. That’s why he decided to speak up. Look for him on any social media platform where he freely shares his insights into a variety of issues that include energy transition, Kinder Morgan and Site C.  He has his fans and detractors.

Conversations That Matter is a partner program with the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Join veteran Broadcaster Stuart McNish each week for these important and engaging Conversations shaping our future.

 

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Transgender with Lisa Salazar

July 20, 2017

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Lisa Salazar a woman who helps us to understand the transgender spectrum.  What does it mean to be Transgender? The term is relatively new. It is widely misunderstood. Many people believe trans or transgender is about sexual orientation rather than gender identity.

After decades of fighting the voices in her head Lisa took on the long and challenging transition from her life as a man to the one she knew was her true self.  Lisa takes us on her journey and at the same time provides insight into the lives of transgender people.

Her life story coupled with the recent enactment of Bill C-16 which ensures that transgender people are guaranteed the same human rights as those who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth lead to this week’s conversation.

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Legalizing Marijuana with the Hon. Anne McLellan

July 13, 2017

Hon. Anne McLellan

Legalizing Marijuana

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters features the Hon. Anne McLellan who lead the task force on legalizing marijuana in Canada. She says, “it’s a bold move” because Canada becomes the first G-20 country to make pot legal. In doing so we contravene three United Nations treaties that control or prohibit access to drugs like marijuana.

 

There are risks and rewards. On the upside we will set the standard internationally, we could become the supplier of choice to a growing international medical market and the government can collect tax. McLellan says, “it’s also about safety, right now there are no safeguards, no standards and no inspectors.” She goes on to point out prohibition hasn’t worked for marijuana the same way it didn’t work for alcohol.

 

On the downside, the US, China, India and other nations could restrict trade and the movement of Canadians within their countries.

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Change Your Accent with Desh Pillay

July 6, 2017

Change Your Accent

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters is about English and how it grew to be the number one, number two language in the world. There are so many versions of English that learning the language is one thing, learning the local dialect is another. Desh Pillay of, Change Your Accent says, “heavy accents make it harder to get emergency help, get or give directions and they can hinder your career.”

 

Professor Molly Babel takes on a guided tour of how and why English took off as the international language. Today there are about four times as many people who speak English as their second language as there are those who speak it as their mother tongue. Chinglish, Franglish, Hinglish and so on, all of which have their own phonemes and graphemes that make understanding one another challenging. Desh Pillay says the good news is you can learn and adopt the sounds of the local dialect with the help of a speech pathologist.

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Operation Health Care with Dr. Brian Day

June 29, 2017

Operation Health Care

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Brian Day who says our medical system is broken. He’s been advocating for change for more than a decade. He’s so frustrated he’s gone to court to demand that you get the right to purchase insurance that will allow you to have timely access to treatment.  Day points to Quebec and says, “all I want is for people in BC to have the same rights as people in Quebec, they’re allowed to have it, so why can’t we?”

 Day points to the more than 85,000 people who sit on surgery lists in BC and wait and wait and wait. He says, “we know that if you are a person with a physical job, and you wait for more than a year to get a 45-minute operation, then the odds of you returning to your job are less than 10 percent.” Day says he’s committed to a strong public health care system in Canada, a system he maintains we don’t have but could.

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A City on The Edge

June 21, 2017

Ep 144

A City on The Edge

Site C Uncertainty

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Fort St. John a town on edge. With all the talk about pausing or cancelling Site C no one is looking at the impact on the people who work on the project, the impact on the City and Not For Profit organizations.

Jamie Hartnell is a carpenter foreman at Site C, he loves his job. It’s long term, it’s good work and it allows him to go home to his family at night. If the project is cancelled he worries he will have to leave his hometown and look for work elsewhere. The official unemployment rate is the highest in the province at 10%, unofficially it’s higher. Hartnell says, “there won’t be another job like this in Fort St. John”

Mayor Ackerman says the City will lose more than $1 million dollars a year BC Hydro is committed to pay during construction. Not For Profit organizations will also be hit. Add in the downturn in oil and gas and Fort St. John is a City on the edge.

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Frailty - It’s a Killer

June 14, 2017

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Grace Park who is spearheading Fraser Health’s Frailty Project CARES, she warns that frailty can rob you of your golden years and your life. She goes on to say there is hope, you can live a healthy and meaningful life well into your 90’s so long as you get off your butt, change what you put in your mouth and work with your physician.

CARES is an extensive project that includes clinicians, community resources like fitness centres, social gatherings, and dietary advice. At the core of the project is the Geriatric Assessment Tool that produces data that is applied to a frailty scale. Where you sit on that scale is a precise measurement that informs you, your doctor and everyone else associated with your health with an accurate picture on your well-being.

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Smart Patients helping one another with Dr. Roni Zeiger

June 9, 2017

Ep 142

Dr. Roni Zeiger

Smart Patients

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Roni Zeiger who left his role as Google’s Chief Health Strategist to create Smart Patients, an on-line network of what he calls, “micro-experts”. Zeiger says, “we believe patients are the most underutilized resource in health care”

Far too many patients are uncertain, they don’t fill prescriptions or when they do they don’t take the medication. Zeiger believes the medical profession has created silos where the patient has questions that keep coming up once they’ve left the doctor's office. He goes on to say they talk to one another all the time and frequently follow the recommendations of a friend with confidence because they witnessed the result or simply believe them.

Zeiger decided to create the forum that lets patients talk to one another about their specific health issue secure in the knowledge that a medical professional is monitoring the conversation to ensure the information is valid as well as offer further insights.

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Did Canada miss out on Asia? with Stewart Beck

June 1, 2017

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Stewart Beck of the Asia Pacific Foundation on the opportunities Donald Trump’s isolationist and anti-trade rhetoric aimed at Asia, present to Canada. Did we squander the endowment that was created in 1970 by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when Canada was the first nation in the world to recognize the government of the People’s Republic of China?

Many experts believe Canada relied too heavily on our relationship with the United States and in doing so missed out on China and Asia. Australia recognized the opportunities and negotiated trade deals with both China and Japan while Canada did little or nothing.

The question is, does a unique opportunity to distinguish ourselves from the United States exist now that Donald Trump sits in the President's chair in the White House?

What are we doing to seize that opportunity and use it to our advantage in international relations? How should we move forward to take part in Asian markets, where previously we’ve failed to rise to the occasion? In particular, what is our nation’s plan in recognizing and moving in on opportunities in Asia Pacific: an economic region that is called home to 65% of our worldwide population.

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Tic Toc, Come on Doc when is my surgery?

May 25, 2017

Ep 139

Dr. Kevin Wing

Tic Toc, Come On Doc when is my surgery?

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Kevin Wing, the Past President of the BC Orthopaedic Association who talks about wait times and what he and his colleagues are doing to reduce the wait and relieve pain.

Are you or someone you know living with chronic pain? Have you ever wondered why it takes so long to see an orthopaedic surgeon? Then, why it takes longer still to get a date for surgery? How come someone in a car accident, or an on the job injury, gets into surgery within hours, but you wait, and wait, and wait?

Orthopaedic surgeons have been asking the same questions and they’ve broken down the wait time into what they call “Wait 1” and “Wait 2.”  Wait 1 time is the period between when your physician refers you to an orthopaedic surgeon and when you get to see that surgeon. Wait 2 time is the space between your consultation for surgery, and the actual surgery. As it stands, in combination these wait times can take up to 2 years. This has become unacceptable in the eyes of patients and Doctors alike. Dr. Wing says, “we’re doing everything we can to reduce wait 1 time but wait 2 times are out of our hands, it’s really up to the Government to decide if they want to fund more surgery time.”

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