Dealing with the Unthinkable

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018 KIM SLADE   I was sitting in a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) workshop in Kingston yesterday with the WSIB and Fire Service representatives from Vaughn, Kitchener and Kingston when the news came across my BlackBerry. It was actually an announcement from our office building saying that Yonge Street was closed due…

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Thank you, Volunteers!

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018   Every year Canada takes the time to celebrate those who give up their own time to help others with National Volunteer Week (April 15-21). Over 13.3 million people – 47% of Canadians aged 15 or over – did volunteer work in 2010. In this same year, almost 2.07 billion hours…

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Celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 KIM SLADE   April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This is a time to celebrate the hard working staff in our emergency communications centres who dispatch our first responders to help us in our times of greatest need. To dispatch is to “send someone or something to a destination…

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Wildlife and the Workplace

TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 KIM SLADE   April 8-16 is National Wildlife Week and the focus of this year is on our connection with wildlife.  Since the Canadian Wildlife Federation is interested in celebrating positive engagements this year, I wanted to focus on some steps that we can take to keep ourselves, and the wildlife…

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April 7-13 is National Dental Hygienists Week

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 LAURA NORWOOD   National Dental Hygienists Week is a time to reflect on what dental hygiene means to those of us in the profession.  As Dental Hygienists, we are part of a larger team of health care providers who are passionate about our patients’ health and well-being.  Our primary role is…

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Stigma. Violence. Are these Competing Priorities or an Opportunity?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018 KIM SLADE   As hospitals move to implement protections for healthcare workers related to violence in the workplace, there are concerns that patients may be stigmatized as a result of risk assessment and flagging processes.  I want to explore if addressing violence and stigma constitute competing priorities, or an opportunity to…

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Immersive Technologies in the Workplace

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 FREDERICO TOMÉ   Smartglasses and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, like the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Glass, are quickly becoming the technology trend to dominate the market for the next several years. These immersive technologies provide new forms of interactions that haven’t yet been observed in traditional…

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