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Company Name Change to Clarity Health Inc.

My career began as a co-op student at the University of Waterloo. My first professional job was with Algoma Steel, an illustrious company in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The job started in January 1980, working for the MIS department in their Database Administration group. Winter in the Sault are legendary, for those of you who don't know where Sault Ste. Marie I welcome you to look it up and see the winter temperatures. The company, the people and the job experience was great, and I was pleased and happy to be asked to return for a second work-term the following year, this time in the fall a glorious time to be in Algoma and experience the fall colours of Agawa Canyon.

Following this wonderful experience my next company job was with Canada Trust in their IT Headquarters in London, Ontario. Further south, and again a great company, exceptional professionals and fulfilling job roles for a student yet to complete his degree. I worked with the credit card processing, mortgages and cor…

Healthcare in Ontario; A Call to Action

Call To Action, an article by Nan Brooks published in Longwoods eLetter March 1, 2012

John Ronson, Will Falk and I have been having a public debate about the future role and structure of the healthcare system. While the discussion focused on the role of the Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs), concerns about the balance of power were also raised.

The debate surrounded the balance of power between players in the system. Options to recalibrate the authority and responsibility within the system to increase sustainability, enhance access, and maximize quality were debated, particularly as it relates to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), the LHINS and the hospitals.

Now the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, The Honorable Deb Matthews, has started to weigh in publicly on the topic. In her recent document “Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care: Better patient care through better value from our health care dollars” she outlined the plan to transform the health ca…

English bias on the Internet

These last few weeks I've been traveling in Italy, occasionally connecting by internet and email with folks back home. The advantage we have as english speaking professional is significant. English is the most popular foreign language, and while it may not be the language spoken by the most people, it is definitely the world’s largest "second" language and by far the first language of the internet. There may be a growing number of international websites in mandarin, arabic, spanish and portuguese many of the established sites cater to english speaking web users. Translation and geographic preferences for google, yahoo, facebook and other international sites is helpful for international users. Still many web users know or learn english to improve on the web experience. I find automatic translation of websites to be spotty at best. Some phraseology is not translatable, and words are translated with literal meaning that can be inaccurate. Knowledge is wrapped in langua…