Change How Canadian Hospitals Admit Dementia Patients

It's been a year since my mother, who suffers Alzheimer’s, underwent a particularly brutal incident at St.Paul’s hospital in Vancouver, Canada. The ordeal was written about in The Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers and was widely read. - http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/st-pauls-hospital-addressing-brutal-lack-of-dignity-allegation-in-treating-alzheimers-patient I lodged a series of formal complaints and responses were given which justified all of the …

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#MeToo and the Acting Profession

For four months now, I've watched the #MeToo movement become one of the dominant cultural moments of this decade. Whenever society goes through a major shift, I'm always reminded of Newton's 3rd law of physics: "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." We're undeniably seeing a reaction commensurate with the suffering that …

My Alzheimer’s Climb

Since my last blog, it's been quite a time for my mother, our family and this Alzheimer's journey. A widely read article was published in the Vancouver Sun and Province after I went to the press in response to a traumatic incident my mom suffered at St.Paul's hospital in Vancouver.  You can read the story …

My Alzheimer’s Story

I wonder if I'm dreaming the whole thing. Is this really my mother?  She's walking around in circles, yelling and cursing about people "breaking into her house."  This exhausted disheveled woman with fear in her eyes and venom in her voice is a nightmare vision, a grotesquely distorted version of my mom. I force myself …

It Takes a Village To Raise a Play

Why did I start a theatre company? Why, in the era of smartphones, YouTube and Netflix do I sell people on the idea of sitting in the dark with strangers for two hours? Why do I beg, borrow and steal to put up a yearly show that provides almost no financial return for months of …

It’s Not Working Out But Let’s Still be Facebook Friends.

Every year I do a different type of Spring Cleaning.  Instead of breaking out the Pledge and throwing out old phone chargers,  I open the windows, breathe in the cherry blossoms and do a Facebook purge.  It beats the hell out of wiping down flat surfaces. I've got a simple list of criteria for unfollowing …

The Ugly Canadian

They say Canadians make great comedians, as we have a keen sense of irony.  They also say that we are unfailingly polite.  Last night, I saw irony and politeness meet in absurdly Canadian fashion. I'm sitting third row centre, watching some colleagues in a great production of Michael Healey's play "Proud" at the Firehall Arts …