Category Archives: Health

How Are We “All in This Together”?

April 2, 2020 By Jim Harding Epidemiology, the study of the distribution of any disease, can be a great moral teacher. Epidemiology might even be called a moral science. It is not “science” and technology in the service of warfare, … Continue reading

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Could Libertarian and Neo-Liberal Ideology Implode from this Pandemic?

April 7, 2020 By Jim Harding This pandemic fundamentally challenges us to rethink norms and clichés about freedom and authority; about the individual, the community and the “state”. The “libertarian” couple that says “no bureaucrat is going to tell us … Continue reading

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Flattening the Covid-19 Curve Will Require Much More Stringent Monitoring and Testing

March 23, 2020 By Jim Harding Officials across Canada are stressing that “we must flatten the curve” to avoid a healthcare crisis. Saskatchewan declared a State of Emergency after known COVID-19 cases doubled to 16, in one day. We went … Continue reading

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We Won’t Learn Much From this Coronavirus Pandemic Unless We Think Outside the Box

By Jim Harding The COVID-19 pandemic challenges us to think outside the box. With economic globalization, geo-political strife and the climate emergency at play, it was a matter of when, not if, this would happen. Just six months ago, the … Continue reading

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TEN LOST YEARS: WHAT HAPPENED TO HEALTHCARE UNDER HARPER?

BY Jim Harding The “economy” is the highest ranked “issue” in this election. But what does “economy” mean? It’s actually about several issues: job and family security; poverty, wealth and distribution of income; infrastructure, quality of life and of course, … Continue reading

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BENEATH THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC

BY Jim Harding The Ebola epidemic started in Guinea, West Africa in March, 2014 and soon spread to adjoining Liberia and Sierra Leone, all countries left with a huge infrastructure deficit after decades of civil war. A half year later … Continue reading

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REPLACING MY FATHER’S TRACTOR

BY Jim Harding I just bought a small, new tractor for our country home. It took months of checking and comparing to decide. I got the largest of the small Husqvarna tractors with 24 HP, a heavy duty mower and … Continue reading

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GIVING THANKS TO THOSE WHO CREATED HEALTHY HORIZONS

BY Jim Harding I moved back to Saskatchewan in 1977 to become research director of the Saskatchewan Alcoholism Commission (SAC). An arm’s length Commission within Sask Health, SAC was grappling with a growing list of abusive substances: alcohol for sure, … Continue reading

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FUKUSHIMA: THE SASKATCHEWAN CONNECTION

By Jim Harding It’s over two and one-half years since the nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan and the contamination hasn’t stopped. It is getting so serious that the IAEA, the UN’s nuclear body recently recategorized the situation as a nuclear … Continue reading

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WATER IS LIFE: THE QU’APPELLE VALLEY FORUM ON WATER QUALITY

By Jim Harding On June 22, 2013, the Fort Qu’Appelle KAIROS group hosted a regional forum on water quality. Over one hundred people came – scientists, indigenous and settler residents, cottagers, municipal and provincial officials, watershed protection volunteers and many … Continue reading

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