Valerie Lemmie: Is Democracy Under Attack?

January 12, 2018

Ep 173 Valerie Lemmie

Is Democracy Under Attack?

 

Is democracy under attack? Have we let the people we elect off the hook? Are you involved in the decision-making process or are you merely a compliant customer who is being managed?

There’s no doubt about it, we are polarized over the role of government in our lives. Is the role of government to create opportunities for markets to thrive or is it to create environments for people to thrive? The tug of war between the left and right rages on while the balance point between these two perspectives appears to have been lost.

Where you come in does not end at the ballot box. We all have a responsibility to speak up, get involved and work with the public officials we elect and employ to ensure they work on our behalf.

Valerie Lemmie of the Kettering Foundation, a Washington DC-based democracy watch organization says you and I are what democracy is all about. We asked her to join us for a Conversation That Matters about our role in governance.

 

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David Dodge: Can the Canadian Economy Keep Trading Above Its Weight?

January 9, 2018

Canada has a 570-billion-dollar infrastructure deficit. Yes, that's right, a whopping 570-billion dollars. So what? Who cares?

Well, that infrastructure is made up of roads, bridges, tunnels, terminals, power generation plants, hospitals, schools and more related to our ability to care for and educate people as well as move products. Without them, our ability to get our products to market diminishes and we restrict our ability to remain an active participant in the global economy.

Canada is, after all, a small economy trading well above its weight.

We’ve been able to maintain that position because we could get our products to market, a market that was just on the other side of the 49th parallel.

The world is changing, trade agreements are in flux or nixed before they start. The global market is rapidly swinging towards Southeast Asia. If we can’t get our products to that market we run the risk of a stagnant economy at best, a sinking one at worst.

What does that mean for the Canadian economy in 2018 and beyond? We asked former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge to join us for a Conversation That Matters about his positive short-term forecast, and his concerns over the long term.

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Pennefather - Etienne: Vancouver and France collaborate on Virtual Reality

December 28, 2017

Ep 171 Patrick Pennefather & Etienne Farreyre

Vancouver is virtually a VR Centre of Excellence

 

When you think of Virtual Reality, what comes to mind? Most likely it’s new tech, mostly to be used for the entertainment industry. But in reality, that’s only scratching the surface of the possibilities that VR, AR and MR present. The future of education, medicine, video games, communication, and a thousand and one other platforms, are changing and they’re adopting an augmented reality component.

Enter Etienne Farreyre and Patrick Pennefather. One is a representative from France, who has taken a deep interest in the Vancouver tech scene and our growing VR community. He has paired up with our guy from the Emily Carr Digital Media Centre here in Canada to instigate discussions around international relationships in this age of communication, technology, and Virtual Reality.

The possibilities are endless, with simulated surgeries for medical students, to spending time in the same virtual room with people around the globe. To talk about where we’re at in this rapidly ever-changing world, potential collaborations between France and Canada along with Vancouver’s place in the augmented reality development world, we sat down with Etienne Farreyre and Patrick Pennefather for real a Conversation that Matters on video about Virtual Reality.

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Colin Ross: Hydromorphone - A User’s Story

December 15, 2017

Colin Ross

Hydromorphone: A User’s Story

 

Heroin, Fentanyl, Carfentanil are all deadly drugs when the dose exceeds your body’s ability to metabolize them.

 

Anyone who uses these opioids knows the risks and they point out that won’t stop them from using. The need for the drug overrides caution. Withdrawal is painful and extremely hard to achieve if you are living on the streets, scrounging for food and trying to scrape together the 25 to 35 dollars a day you need to support your habit.

 

In BC Hydromorphone is available to a limited number of chronic heroin users. The SALOME and NAOMI trials provided evidence that treatment is effective in stabilizing users.

 

The BC Centre for Substance Use recently issued guidelines that are a continuum of care that include counselling, detox, withdrawal management services and the administration of injectable and oral treatment through medication.

 

Colin Ross is fortunate, he has been an addict for about 20 years, now he’s receiving hydromorphone two times a day. A treatment he says allows him to stabilize and consider the future. We sat down with Colin for a Conversation That Matters about the opioid crisis, the hydromorphone IV treatment program, mental health, housing and the potential he hopes to realize.

 

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Dr Norman Doidge: The Brain that Changes and Heals Itself

December 7, 2017

The Brain That Changes and Heals Itself

 

Our brains are so complicated neuroscientists are still only at the beginning of understanding how that grey matter inside our skulls works.

For centuries the brain was completely misunderstood. Then as we started to unlock the myriad regions and elements of the brain a range of theories emerged about how it worked. Most have been set aside as neuroscientists introduced Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to map our brains.

Over the past 25 years, fMRI’s have reshaped our understanding of the brain. One important discovery has been how flexible and adaptable it is. Dr Norman Doidge has been at the forefront of discovering the power of the brain to adapt and change because of its plastic nature.

Neuroplasticity, in other words, is the ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections in response to learning, experience, disease and following injury. We asked Dr Doidge to join us for a Conversation That Matters about our remarkably adaptable brains.

 

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Charles Gauthier: Alleyway Revitalization

December 3, 2017

Alleyway Revitalization

Re-Imagine Alleys in a major city for just a minute.

 

Can you do it?

 

They’re generally grungy, dark, dank places that you never want to enter let alone think about.

 

Well, think again, Ackery’s Alley and Alley Oop are two back lanes that have been transformed from forgotten spaces where - during the day -the trash gets picked up and deliveries are made - and - at night are the stomping grounds of dumpster divers, drug users and sex trade workers.

 

In downtown Vancouver there approximately 240 alleys - that’s about 180-thousand square meters of publically owned land. Reclaiming those public spaces in an ever-expanding city is a needed improvement.

 

Yes, you heard that right - public space. And I know you’re asking for whom?

 

Well you and me and Korean pop-stars.

 

You may have seen the YouTube sensation where the K-Pop group ‘Twice’ used the refurbished Alley Oop as one of it’s Vancouver backdrops. When I wrote this intro there were just shy of 76 million views.

 

Density is forcing us to find space, but more importantly, it’s forcing us to be innovators in the creation of liveable space.

 

We sat down with Charles Gauthier of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association to ask him what was the motivation for this project, why it’s important and what the value is to all of us who call the city home - not just the businesses he represents.

 

We also talk to Alexandra Kenyon of the design firm HCMA, why did they leap at the opportunity to donate their services to this project? What does it say about the way we’re reshaping downtown.

 

And we also sat down with Alex Beim, the artist who sees revitalized alleys as a way to get people to actually interact and talk to one another for a Conversation That Matters about alleyways as public spaces.

 

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Dr. Ken Rockwood: Geriatric Assessment and Frailty Index

November 22, 2017

Ep 166

Dr. Ken Rockwood

Geriatric Assessment and Frailty Index

 

By 2030 one in four of us will be over 65.

 

Today about 16% of Canadians are over 65. Currently seniors use about half of the health care budget.

 

Looking to the future those numbers are not sustainable.

 

We know the main reason for the disproportionate use of the health care system by seniors is because of frailty. Can anything be done to change the impact frailty has on the health care system?

First of all it is important to state - frailty is not a natural consequence of aging. Frailty is the intersection of age related decline with chronic diseases and conditions. Most importantly it is associated with many poor outcomes like falls, cognitive impairment, hospitalization, admission to long term care and death. Sounds complicated and it is but what is encouraging is  that we are learning more about how and when it happens and how to prevent it.

Researchers in Canada are considered world leaders in frailty and none is better known that Dr. Kenneth Rockwood from Dalhousie University. He is the inventor of multiple health care tools to diagnose frailty which are used around the world. He is considered the leader on frailty and frailty prevention we asked Dr. Rockwood to join us for a Conversation That Matters about  changing what we know about frailty and how we treat it.

 

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Dr. John Muscedere: Combating Fatigue

November 16, 2017

Many people still believe frailty is associated with aging. We use to think it was an inevitable part of growing old. However, that is not true - Frailty is not a natural part of aging. There is more and more research that demonstrates we can avoid frailty.

 

As you age, you can make a choice to avoid frailty and keep yourself functioning independently longer by getting informed and participating in your health. Basically you have two choices, you can work to ensure your body functions optimally, or you can sit back and allow mother time to slowly chip away at your body and your mind.

 

The challenge, of course, is that sitting back is the antithesis of aging well. Even if you have chronic health conditions it is possible to exercise, eat well and get involved. In fact it is the best way to prevent frailty. When you stop moving, stop exercising your body and your brain, stop socializing, ..well, the consequences not only shorten your life they increase suffering.

 

There is a tsunami of boomers headed north of 70. I’m one of them. We’re in the pre-frailty stage of our lives.

 

The good news is we are learning a lot through research on how to identify frailty early and intervene sooner. Some of the leading research on frailty is done here in Canada and what we are learning is changing how doctors practice and what seniors can do to stay well. In order to age well you need to learn how to void frailty.

 

Doctor John Muscedere of the Canadian Frailty Network is committed to fighting frailty. He joins us this week for a Conversation That Matters on why frailty is the fight of our lives and what we and everyone involved in health care can and need to do about it.

 

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Dr. Helene Langevin: The Science of Stretch

November 8, 2017

Okay, stretch and hold and hold and hold.

What happens when you stretch, what exactly are you stretching? Is it your muscle or is it your connective tissue?

Connective tissue or fascia - as it is also known as - is what holds us together, it is a net that suspends your organs – a high-tech adhesive that holds your cells in place while relaying messages between them.

The network is so extensive and ubiquitous that if you were to lose every organ, muscle, bone, nerve and blood vessel - your body would still retain its shape.

So what happens when you don’t stretch and when you do stretch how long should it?

These questions lead to a decade’s long research project into acupuncture and stretch.

It started when our guest Dr. Helene Langevin of the Harvard Medical School, Brigham Women’s Hospital questioned why acupuncture needles grab, what are they grasping and how long should the treatment last?

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Jocelyn Macdougall and Mark Busse: Interesting Vancouver

November 3, 2017

For more than a decade Interesting Vancouver has been addressing issues that challenge us, make us unique, make us uncomfortable and make us talk to one another.

Interesting Vancouver is about dialogue, it’s about rolling your sleeves up and digging into conversations with other people who invite you into a world that is new to you, people who introduce you to a Vancouver you didn't know existed.

It’s about admitting you don’t have the answers but you’re willing to muddle your way through a messy process. A process that breaks down barriers and invites participants to set aside our minor differences and embrace our common humanity.

Neat little solutions to complex problems do not exist and you won’t find them at Interesting Vancouver, what you will find are others, who like you are looking for a level of discourse that is respectful, reflective and adaptable.

To learn more about interesting Vancouver we invited Jocelyn MacDougall and Mark Busse, two exceptionally interesting people who embrace dialogue to join us for a Conversation That Matters.

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