Skills Every Child Will Need to Succeed in 21st century

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The skills needed to succeed in our parent’s generation differs from the skills needed to succeed in our generation.  Likewise, skills to succeed for our children are likely going to be different as well.  In this short video, Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician, author and leader in early education and public health offers some ideas […]

World Mental Health Day

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Thursday, October 10th is World Mental Health Day, which is observed to raise awareness of global mental health issues.  The day of awareness is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This year’s World Mental Health Day focus is on suicide prevention. On average, someone losses […]

Federal Election

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With the start of the federal election campaign well underway, I’d like to take a brief look at a several common psychological strategies that politicians and campaign managers use during the election season.  These strategies are used by any party and is something that may be interesting to look out for over the next 4 […]

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Screen time

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As many of parents with kids of all ages know, the obsessive features of screen time and modern video games would come as no surprise. I often have to remind myself that my relationship with my screen, be it a phone/tablet/computer, is part of what my children are learning from my example.  And so it […]

Calgary clear skies

Clear skies

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In my last blog post, I wrote about the Alberta wildfires and the effect smoke and pollution has on people’s physical and mental health.  Since that time Calgary has had clear, smoke free skies and a return to warmer summer-like weather.  We should be reminded that, like the smoky skies, difficult times in our lives […]

Calgary Air Quaility

Air Quality and Mental Health

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As I look outside, I see what can only be described as an apocalyptic view of the city.  The smoke that has landed in Calgary the last few days from the wildfires in northern Alberta negatively affect the cardiovascular and respiratory health of everyone, especially children and the elderly.  Less discussed, however, are the psychological […]

Semi Trucks on highway


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During a recent road trip with my family, we passed a truck on the highway with a clever bumper sticker that read: “If you don’t like passing big trucks on the road, don’t buy so much stuff ! ” While I know trucking is an essential industry and the profession is very demanding, the saying […]

Obama in mirror

Be kind and be useful

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From a seat high in the stands surrounded by a popcorn eating lunch crowd, I had the chance last week to hear former President Barack Obama answer some questions about lessons from his life. What struck me most, whether we see Obama as collective or divisive depending on the issues he dealt with from race […]

Bell lets talk day poster Jan 30 2019

Bell Let’s Talk Day

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Today, January 30th, is Bell Let’s Talk Day.  The initiative began in 2010 and since then has gained traction as a way for Canadians to have a conversation and be engaged in mental health.  Since it’s inception, Bell Let’s Talk Day has attracted Canadian celebrities and spokespeople to the cause of engagement and action to […]