Feb 20

CAL111114-gyb-7.JPGKudos to emergency physician Dr. Adam Oster and colleagues who penned this letter to Health Minister Tyler Shandro, outlining the joint concerns of Calgary emergency doctors regarding his sudden, alarming cuts to health services in Alberta:



February 27, 2020

Minister Tyler Shandro,

It is with deep and urgent concern that we write as a united group of Calgary Emergency Physicians regarding the sudden and unilateral changes to health care in Alberta. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Chess fallen queenChess is a game of extraordinary—sometimes infuriating— complexity.

Sixty-four squares, thirty-two pieces: it seems simple enough, on the surface.  But after just four moves, more than 288 billion different positions are possible.

To play the game well one must look seven or eight moves ahead, mentally mapping out the consequences of each possible move while weighing the potential responses and strategies of your opponent.  Placing a single piece in error can lead to disaster.

The best chess players—the grandmasters—craft opening moves with endgames already in mind.  Like top field generals, they hold the entire battlefield in their minds with perfect clarity.

Each piece on the chessboard plays a vital role.  But by far the most versatile piece, and hence the most critical to success, is the queen. (The king, technically the most important, exists only to be protected.)

Unlike chess, health care administration is not a game.  But like chess, it is extraordinarily, sometimes infuriatingly, complex—requiring careful deployment and coordination of numerous pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20


Rail lines blocked.  A provincial legislature shut down.  The nation’s economy crippled.  Mob rule crowding out the rule of law.

Like many Canadians, I’m aghast at what is happening to our country.

Never have we been so fractured.

Never has our federation been at greater risk of coming apart.

Province is set against province, industry against industry, citizen against citizen.

Even before the current brouhaha over B.C.’s Coastal GasLink project, Canada was battling unprecedented division.

The cracks that appeared soon after Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in 2015 have widened steadily into yawning chasms, notwithstanding Mr. Trudeau’s fulsome pledges of sunny ways and healing reconciliation.

Last October, inconceivably, Mr. Trudeau was rewarded for four years of dithering, divisive, corrupt non-leadership with a second term in office, thanks largely to the voters of the Greater Toronto area, aided by a hefty boost of political interference from Barack Obama and the Greta Thunberg propaganda machine.  (Maybe the GTA could become a country unto itself and let the rest of us get on properly with our business.  I dare to dream.)

Canadians are now reaping the full harvest of what Mr. Trudeau has sown.

Today—thanks to his incessant, inept, virtue-signaling twaddle—we have reached rock-bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20


My father was a man of deep convictions.

He even sneezed with conviction.

He’d fumble in the hip pocket of his green work trousers—his face rapidly turning a deep shade of crimson—and produce a giant red handkerchief just in time to deliver an earsplitting “HUPSWAAAA!!!!!!!” into its depths.

I have a lasting memory of standing outside with my Dad one bright spring morning as one of his legendary eruptions frightened a long row of starlings—assembled neatly on the power line strung between our house and barn—skyward in chaotic disarray.

I’m every inch my father’s son.  Fifty percent of my DNA came from my mom—but as far as sneezing goes, all my talent comes from Dad. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Flu maskAlmost twelve thousand people infected.

More than 250 dead.

Once again, a new and dangerous virus has escaped its birthplace and begun to march inexorably around the globe.

At the epicenter this time: Wuhan, China, a sprawling metropolis of 11 million people.

It and at least 15 other Chinese cities—more than 60 million people—are on lock-down.

Two brand-new hospitals— frantically erected almost overnight to attend to the afflicted—will open next week in Wuhan.

Municipal leaders have ordained that all residents should wear masks in public; drones are being deployed to berate citizens who don’t comply.  Larger drones are fighting the virus by spraying disinfectant over villages and cities. Read the rest of this entry »