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Dialogue needed to undermine tribalism

Gordon Self

March 31, 2014

This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Triggered the night of April 6, 1994, Hutu extremists retaliated over the assassination of President Habyarimana by killing local Tutsis blamed for the attack. Mounting ethnic tensions between the Hutu majority and Tutsi minority erupted in widespread violence that engulfed the country. For the next 100 days approximately 800,000 Tutsi, Twa and Hutu moderates were killed.

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Roll up your sleeve and maybe save someone's life

Gordon Self

February 3, 2014

The new Health Ethics Guide devotes an entire chapter to the "social nature of care." This theme has particular meaning as we approach the 22nd annual World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11.

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Policy work ensures what we say is what happens in the system

Gordon Self

December 23, 2013

There is a lot of policy work to health care that often goes unrecognized. After all, some cynics might say, it is just a bunch of paper that no one bothers to read. Our real job is getting on with the business of running the health system and saving lives. I agree.

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Invest in keeping Catholic presence in our health system

Gordon Self

November 25, 2013

Two years ago we lost our baby granddaughter. She died in utero from a rare congenital disease. Although much time has passed since Ava's death, autumn remains a bittersweet time.

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The journey of dying takes many paths

Gordon Self

October 28, 2013

Dr. Donald Low's posthumous plea for assisted suicide posted last month on YouTube, widely reported in the news, along with Quebec's proposed law has generated renewed debate regarding the legalization of "medical aid in dying."

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Second hand calls for scrupulous morals

Gordon Self

September 30, 2013

There is a saying that one person's trash is another person's treasure. Or is it? I have run two garage sales, and helped my parents with another. On each occasion I was surprised that stuff we considered "junk" was deemed a virtual "find" by the willing buyer.

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The cross a poignant symbol that marks tragedy and hope

Gordon Self

August 26, 2013

The summer months are nearing an end, and by now many readers will have traveled hundreds or even thousands of kilometres on vacation road trips to beautiful places across the country. In Alberta especially, many scenic highways offer breathtaking views along the way that are as spectacular as the traveler's destination itself.

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Ethics play a part in our everyday lives

Gordon Self

June 24, 2013

At a conference last year I tried to take to heart plenary speaker Sister Helen Prejean's words of challenge. I say, "try" as I wondered if I would have the same spirit of compassion and forgiveness under the same circumstances she witnessed.

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Angel cradles affirm worth of every person

Gordon Self

May 27, 2013

Earlier this month, Covenant Health opened two newborn safe havens in Edmonton at the Misericordia and Grey Nuns Community Hospitals. They are the first newborn safe havens in Alberta, intended to augment the existing safety net and to help prevent unsafe abandonment that threatens the life, dignity and respect owed to vulnerable newborns.

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Decisions must stand ethical scrutiny over the long term

Gordon Self

April 29, 2013

I have spent a lot of free evenings and weekends lately on kitchen renovations. It is rewarding to use my hands to create something new.

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