Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Avoidable Angst

Do we really need an independent probe, as some people are calling for, to investigate a bus accident? Even though the Ottawa Police Service has the expertise to investigate the OC bus accident, it is not unusual for some people to request an independent probe for answers to those tragedies that are without a clear explanation. Double-decker buses have been around for decades, including those used for sightseeing in Ottawa. Why hasn’t there been any concern with double-deckers having no roof? I believe OC Transpo has safety as a priority and a transparent review of the accident will hopefully reaffirm the confidence of those that may currently have some reservations. I also believe that no matter what we do or where we go in life there is always some type of risk. Living in fear or with some heightened level of anxiety only diminishes what we may be able to enjoy

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Keep The Focus On Long-Term Care

Ottawa Citizen reporter Elizabeth Payne’s periodic updates regarding the level of care in long-term homes is both appreciated and required. Without bringing that attention to a problem that can be so easily overlooked, those that are the most vulnerable in these homes, residents with a dementia-related illness, are without a voice.  

The World Health Organization has declared dementia a public health priority. WHO is reporting that by 2030 there will be 82 million people worldwide with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 152 million by 2050. 

If not already under consideration, the government should mandate the installation of video monitoring equipment in all common areas of care homes with dementia units as well as move toward an inspection system that includes random and unannounced visits.  Perhaps these type of periodic visits would uncover both the good and the not-so-good level of care being given to those that depend on others to ensure they are not forgotten.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Resolution For 2019

As we prepare to welcome 2019 with a wish that it will offer good health and happiness to our family and friends, some people may also wish to pursue self-improvement objectives or set their sights on those noble goals of reducing what has been commonly referred to as our less-than positive impact on the planet.
Three years ago, a growing concern with climate change prompted representatives of many countries to gather in Paris to develop a plan that would lead to a reduction of greenhouse gases by lowering carbon emissions. By early 2017, 125 countries had signed onto the Paris Agreement. While some world leaders have attached considerable importance to reducing the environmental consequences of climate change, we need the same level of commitment by all countries in the world that will lead to the end of single-use plastics.
A recent CBS television program “60 Minutes” on the issue of plastics in our oceans offered a powerful and disturbing image regarding the amount of plastic pollution in our waters and its devastating effects. It has been reported that each year about 26 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean with the vast majority sinking to the seabed creating conditions that are detrimental to various forms of life. Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose and plastic bags will take from 10-1000 years before they disappear. It has been reported that humans buy one million plastic bottles every minute. These are alarming statistics. Everyone of us can make our contribution to reversing that with just a little effort.
If we focus on reducing and eventually eliminating our dependency on those various types of single-use plastics we will create a better life for future generations. Isn’t that a New Year’s objective that we can all embark on?