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Oliver Cresswell

Bill 419

Interestingly PHIA already has provisions – 31(l) and 38(1)(g) – which allow for the Minister to collect personal health information for the purpose of planning and management of the health system. It also already contains provisions for the Minister to collect that information for the purposes of creating or maintaining an electronic health record at 31(o). The difference now, however, seems to be that custodians will no longer be able to refuse to disclose your personal health information to the government.

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Legal
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The Master Rulebook

TO BE CLEAR, policy is NOT law! Nor should policy be made a legislative enactment as defined by the meaning of “regulation” under subsection 2 (1) of the Statutory Instruments Act, seen and established in Canadian Statute.

So if the rule maker makes a new rule which allows this rule maker to share their rule making power and blend their rule making power with the administrators (executive government), would you not agree the rule maker who made a rule to share or blend their rule making power without a rule existing in the Master Rulebook to make that rule, BROKE THE RULES of the Master Rulebook?

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Health
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Save the Planet, Kill Your Patient

The most obvious implication of this plan would be a new generation of physicians and surgeons who are less competent and more “woke” than their predecessors, which is terrifying enough in and of itself: If I’m about to have my gallbladder removed, I want my surgeon to be excellent at removing gallbladders and I don’t care one iota whether he or she can quote Robin DiAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi. And let’s face it, there are only so many hours in a week. Every hour a medical resident spends learning about “anti-racism” and “analyzing the world through the lens of power” is one hour not spent practicing gallbladder surgery.

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Community
Oliver Cresswell

War is Good for Nothing

They say that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Yet sadly, while this weekend marks the 104th observation of Remembrance Day, the world is once again at war.
Many of us grew up attending often large ceremonies at memorials or cenotaphs where elderly veterans were the center of a deeply emotional and reverential experience. Perhaps the waning of such services is a sign only that WWI and WWII are now moving beyond living memory, but there are plenty of other wars and veterans of them deserving of our recognition. A fact which tells me that we don’t remember very well.

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Education
Oliver Cresswell

Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?!

Children in the protest group held signs that read “Let us be kids”, while others read “Educate don’t indoctrinate” and “We are parents, not right wing groups.” There were people of all ages present, and a myriad of faiths and races. It was a truly heterogenous group that came together to voice their concerns on the material being taught to their children in schools.
One of the books in question is Beyond the Basics, a resource for educators created by Action Canada targeting children as young as 6 years old.

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Community
Oliver Cresswell

Nova Scotia’s Wildfire Response

Fires are still raging across Canada. A large area of Upper Tantallon was the first area in Nova Scotia to burn on Sunday May 28th, followed swiftly by the ongoing fire in Shelburne. At one point there were 10 fires raging across Nova Scotia in the past few weeks, with hundreds more across the country.

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Oliver Cresswell

To Mask or not to Mask, that is the Question

After the public announcement made by Dr. Robert Strang on May 23 2023 that brought an end to the Health Protection Act Orders enacted in Nova Scotia, some organizations are changing their positioning around masking.

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Oliver Cresswell

National Citizens Inquiry – Day 03 Truro, NS

The conclusion to the Atlantic portion of the National Citizens Inquiry occurred on March 18th 2023, held at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, Nova Scotia. Though the gallery started at around 50% capacity in the morning, it was abuzz with excitement, and reached almost 100% capacity by the end of the day. Online stats for the day indicated more than 9000 views across social media platforms, while the total impressions for the event on Twitter exceeded 1.1 million: the event’s Twitter page received a 7% percent engagement rate, which is far higher than the average Twitter engagement rate of 0.05%.

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Oliver Cresswell

National Citizens Inquiry – Day 02 Truro, NS

March 17th 2023 marked the second day of the inaugural hearings of the National Citizens Inquiry in Truro, Nova Scotia. The gallery at the Best Western Glengarry was not quite so full as the day before, though attendance increased as the day wore on. Social media engagement for the event hovered around 8000 views.

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Oliver Cresswell

National Citizens Inquiry – Day 01 Truro, NS

The National Citizen’s Inquiry kicked off on March 16 2023, with the Atlantic portion of the Inquiry being held in Truro, Nova Scotia. The gallery room at the Best Western Glengarry was full all day, with people coming in from all across the Atlantic provinces, and with roughly 11,000 virtual attendees tuning in over the course of the day through various social media and video streaming platforms.

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