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  • Book explores Edmonton 'Indian hospital' horrors — and healing since

    Book explores Edmonton 'Indian hospital' horrors — and healing since

    We tend to think of the worst of interactions between settlers and indigenous people as ancient history, but the closer Canada’s institutionalized racism edges to the present, the more controversial it seems to become. The so-called federal “Indian hospital” system of segregated facilities set up across the country in the late 19th century — taken over […]
  • Town Talk: City hospitals raise $3.76 million at two galas

    Town Talk: City hospitals raise $3.76 million at two galas

    DAYS OF FUTURE: At only its third running, the recent Time To Shine gala reportedly raised $2.88 million for the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Second-time chair Alice Chung, who’ll stand aside in 2018, saw that sum exceed 2016 donations by $1.2 million, and even top her own $2-million estimate. She and many others welcomed […]
  • Review: Riding the wild horse, memory

    Review: Riding the wild horse, memory

    The Defiant Mind: Living Inside A Stroke Ron Smith Ronsdale Press Two years ago my father-in-law had a stroke. One day he was fine, talkative, alert and chuffed by his recent prowess at the curling rink. The next morning as he ate breakfast, he began to talk gibberish and was rushed to the hospital. Several […]
  • Ian McGillis: The human stories behind two Montreal hospitals

    Ian McGillis: The human stories behind two Montreal hospitals

    Two new coffee-table books from McGill-Queen's University Press spotlight a pair of Montreal's most venerable medical and scientific institutions.
  • Books for Kids: Finding Audrey's narrator emerges from the dark

    Books for Kids: Finding Audrey's narrator emerges from the dark

    Fourteen-year-old Audrey has spent many months hiding from the world. Even within the safe confines of her home, where she is surrounded by family (a mother, father and two brothers), she wears sunglasses day and night — the better to avoid making eye contact with anyone. And since her release from the hospital, the only […]
  • Finding inspiration and hope bred in the bone

    Finding inspiration and hope bred in the bone

    Clara’s Rib A True Story of a Young Girl Growing up in a Tuberculosis Hospital
  • Nahlah Ayed: A Canadian’s Arab street

    Nahlah Ayed: A Canadian’s Arab street

    “Do you believe in God?” an al-Qaida fighter asked Nahlah Ayed from his hospital bed in Quetta, Pakistan, at the outset of the Afghan war. She didn’t quite answer him (“I wanted to explain that Us and Them didn’t exist in my world”) but the answer was probably, “No.”

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