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play- magic - Northlands Medical Clinic
july/august
2009
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july/august 2009
July/August 2009
Editor and Art Director Barb Sligl
Editorial Assistant Adam Flint
Contributors
Cover photo
Dr. Dara Behroozi
Dr. Susan Biali
Dr. Mel Borins
Dr. George Burden
Dr. Holly Fong
Janet Gyenes
Dr. Marlene Hunter
Lauren Kramer
Dr. Lili Nasseri
Dr. Chris Pengilly
Dr. Neil Pollock
Manfred Purtzki
Lisa Richardson
Dr. Kelly Silverthorn
Corey Van’t Haaff
Sterling Lorence
Advertising Sales Manager Ruth Findlay
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FEATURES
12 big sky + high desert = magic
Northern New Mexico really is the Land of Enchantment
Senior Account Executive Monique Mori
Account Executive Teri Richardson
Classified Sales Yee Peng
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clockwise from top left: b.sligl; courtesy dr. Zeglinski; Sterling Lorence
23 adventure playground
A physician shares why Whistler, BC, is such an adrenaline rush
COLUMNS
DEPARTMENTS
8 doctor on a soapbox
5 July/August mix
Associate Publisher Linh T. Huynh
Mindless meetings
9 aqueous humour
Production Manager Ninh Hoang
The meaning of life?
10 the wine doctor
Circulation Fulfillment Yee Peng
CME Development Adam Flint
Founding Publisher Denise Heaton
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Wine-tasting party
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18 prescribing R & R
Yogic weekend
27 CME calendar
32 employment opportunities
11 the food doctor
36 classifieds
37 sudoku
Summer gazpacho + quesadillas
16 motoring
The latest green crop of cars
38 small talk
with Dr. Sean Bagshaw
17 the wealthy doctor
Salary vs dividend
35 techworks
Mobile medicine
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cover photo:
Whistler is all
about reaching
great heights—
literally and in
terms of a major
adrenaline rush.
Here, a rider pulls
off a stunt at
Whistler Mountain
Bike Park.
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ummer’s here…and everything’s
green—in more ways than one. The
landscape, of course, is green, with
leafy trees providing shady shelter (a hammock strung between two big trunks is the
summertime idyll). It’s a time to commune
with nature so to speak, and perhaps be more
thoughtful of the earth itself. So, it’s about
being green in an eco-friendly way too.
Start by enjoying summer’s green
bounty at farmers’ markets (pages 5 and 6).
Rediscover local produce and get in on all the
fabulous agri-tourism events that take place
during the summer months. And there are so
many more green options these days—from
biodegradable picnic cutlery (page 8) and
recycled frocks (page 6) to sustainable wines
(page 10) and eco-conscious cars (page 16).
Pick something green!
Of course, just being amidst the green is
part of getting in on the summer fling—like
riding down Whistler’s slopes and through its
forests on a mountain bike. Like Dr. Catherine
Zeglinski, who tears up the trails (page 23).
Or escape to the deep reds and browns of
northern New Mexico’s high desert—startlingly beautiful landscape that re-instills an
awe for Mother Nature (page 12). So green.
Any destination is a chance to explore
and reconnect with the planet. Travel is a
wonderful way to rediscover the diversity out
there, everywhere.
And in that vein, we want you to share
your adventures or leisure activities with
Just For Canadian Doctors’ readers, whether
at home or afar. Send a 700-word story and
we may publish it in our “Prescribing R & R”
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what/when/where > july/august
books | food | shows | festivals | places | getaways | gear…
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The Island Chefs Collaborative (based on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) has a vision: a sustainable local
food and agriculture system. Each year that’s manifested in the organization’s “Defending Our Backyard Menu Local
Food Festival.” Chefs and farmers come together to show-off local produce and what’s possible with the freshest
ingredients. Like the “local bounty bouillabaisse with garlic crostini” by Executive Chef Ken Nakano of Fairmont’s The
Empress. Watch Nakano fillet fish as you sample a steaming bowl just ladled out for you. Simply scrumptious. Other
morsels showcasing local produce: cob-oven baked pizzas, BBQ pork, and frangipane tart with Saanich hazelnut
shortbread crust and local quince compote…The annual event takes place late spring but you can still pick your own
goodies throughout the summer at the ICC’s Bastion Square Farm Market in downtown Victoria (iccbc.ca). Look for
farmers’ markets and farm-to-table events in your neighbourhood. For a list of farmers’ markets across Canada, see page 6. —B. Sligl
July/August 2009 Just For Canadian Doctors
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luxury, not landfill
Doyouever wonder what
happens toyour castoff
clothes likethat too-tight
suit or what-was-I-thinking
sweater? Theymight have
madetheir wayintothesleeve
of a dress or panel of a skirt
that’s gracingthedisplays of
Preloved’s Torontoor Montreal
boutiques. At Prelovedvintage
fabrics destinedfor thelandfill
arereclaimedandcraftedinto
sustainablestyles that are
sought bywell-heeledcelebs
andeco-mindedshoppers.
Don’t expect tofind
anythingbohoor hippie-chick:
thelook is tailored, witha
twist. Thehigh-waistedIssa
skirt is unabashedlyfeminine
thoughit’s madefroma serious vintagesuit. Layeredlooks
rock therunway: anobi-style
belt adds a blast of bluetoan
ecruKalani dress-cum-coat
that tops thestrapless Sophie
dress madeout of pinstriped
shirts. preloved.ca
food
cont.
farmers’
markets
country-wide
Immerse yourself in local
fare—at home or afar. Find a
farmers’ market in your area
this summer and support
local producers. Or discover
a new destination through
its food while mingling with
its locals.
NEWFOUNDLAND >
Lester’s Farm near St.
John’s, a 150-yearold family tradition;
lestersfarmmarket.com
PEI > Summerside Market
in the Historic Holman
Building; 902-436-7784
NEW BRUNSWICK >
Saint John City Market,
a provincial historic site
and one of the oldest
continuing markets in
North America;
sjcitymarket.com
NOVA SCOTIA >
Halifax Farmers’
Market, North America’s
oldest farmers’ market;
halifaxfarmersmarket.com
QUEBEC > Le Marché du
Vieux-Port in Quebec City;
parcoursgourmand.com
ONTARIO > St. Lawrence
Market in Toronto;
stlawrencemarket.com
MANITOBA > Le Marché
Saint-Norbert Farmers’
Market in Winnipeg;
stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca
SASKATCHEWAN
> Saskatoon
Farmers’ Market;
saskatoonfarmersmarket.com
ALBERTA > Calgary
Farmers’ Market, on
the site of a former
army barracks;
calgaryfarmersmarket.ca
BRITISH COLUMBIA >
Granville Island Farmers’
Market; granvilleisland.com/
en/public_market —B.S.
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style
eco-chic x3
Sartorial style can have
a hefty price tag, but
why should the planet have to pay? Canadian designers
show that fashion can be eco—and chic —Janet Gyenes
wake up your inner warrior DottedLoop’s jewelrycollections—
fashionedfromhigh-endreclaimedchain, baubles andbeads—have
always hada rock ’nroll vibe, andnowVancouver-baseddesigner
Teresa Smedis goinghauteheavymetal withher newlineinspired
bygladiators. We’renot talkingabout goingtobattle
forward-thinking
bedeckedwithbreastplates or pauldrons, but there’s
fashion Somefashionistas
plentyof hardwareonthestatement-makingnecklaces,
might raprhapsodicabout how
perfect for bravingthecrowdgathered
Montreal veganleather goods
roundthecocktails andcaviar. Layers
purveyor Matt + Nat has curedtheir
of meshandgunmetal chainare
cognitivedissonanceby allowing
delicatelybalancedwithvintageand
themtomeldtheir ecoethos with
couturepieces, likerhinestonecrystals
their “it bag” addiction. But most
andgold-washedbeads that can
peoplehavesimply beensinging
givethat LBD(littleblack dress) a
praises about thecompany’s broad
much-needededge. DottedLoophas
rangeof wallets, laptopcarriers,
somethingfor theguys, too: look for
clutches andmore, sinceit burst
chunkychains ornamentedwithvinontothefashionsceneinthe
tagecoins andcool skeletonkeys.
mid-90s.
Unleashyour inner gladiator when
Thesummer collectionis awash
collections arriveinstores and
withwhite, andjudgingby thenames
onlineAugust 1.
of thesepieces, thedesigners have
dottedloop.com
beeninfluencedby thesounds of
music. Smoothoperators might
choosetheslimSadeclutch, while
devotees of warmelectronica sound
canreachfor theEuro-styleRoyksopp
(above, inplum). mattandnat.ca
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july/august
great music gives
Summer listening…16 music legends—from Stevie Wonder to The
Clash—picked one of their own songs and then a current favourite
artist to do a cover…The result? A compilation of fresh covers of
huge hits. And the best part? The proceeds of the Heroes CD go
to War Child (combined
album sales of the ongoing benefit project have
brought in sales of over
1.4 billion). War Child
is an award-winning
charity that provides
opportunities and
long-term solutions for
war-affected children,
focusing on education,
children’s rights, reducing poverty and fostering
self-reliance. War Child
Canada (founded by Dr.
Samantha Nutt and Dr.
Eric William Hoskins) currently provides active support to communities in Afghanistan, Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Georgia. Working closely with the
music industry, War Child provides awareness, support and action
for children’s rights everywhere. warchild.ca —B.S.
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pedal pushing
give
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sport
bike it!
WHAT Fromstationtostation:
take, ride, return. BIXI is
Montréal’s newpublicbikesystem. It’s analternative—and
green—means of urbantransport that’s accessibleto
everyone, 24hours a day, 7days a week, fromMay to
November. Hopona bikewhenever, wherever, andleaveit
at any BIXI station. WHY TheVilledeMontréal wantedto
providea different means of gettingaroundMontréal—for
locals andvisitors alike(what better way todiscover thehip
city?). Andwiththehugepopularity of similar publicbike
programs inEurope, Montréal decidedtojointheforwardthinkingpack. MORE Thereare3,000bikes and300stations
throughout threeMontréal boroughs: Ville-Marie, PlateauMont-Royal andRosemont–La Petite-Patrie. Andit’s freefor
thefirst 30minutes, just likeinParis (seeJust For Canadian
Doctors March/April issue). bixi.ca —B.S.
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books
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[debut novel] Cuttingfor Stone byDr. AbrahamVerghese, anAmericanphysician(whopreviouslywrotetwomemoirs;
oneabout his work withAIDSpatients inAppalachia, theother about his friendshipwitha drug-addictedmedical student), is his
first novel—a sprawlingfamily saga of Africa andAmerica, doctors andpatients, exileandhome—describedas “part Dickens,
part Grey’s Anatomy.” [blog-to-book] SixMonths inSudan—AYoungDoctor inSudanbeganas a blogwrittenina hut
inAbyei, Sudan, throughwhichDr. James Maskalyk (whopractises emergency medicineandis anAssistant Professor at the
University of TorontoFaculty of Medicine) reflectedonhis journey withMédecins Sans Frontières as thenewest medical doctor
inthefield. [GGawardfinalist] In1994, whileother foreigners evacuatedRwanda, Dr. James Orbinski servedas Chef
deMissionfor MSFinKigali. His teamtendedtothousands uponthousands of casualties. Confrontedby indescribablecruelty,
hestruggledtoregainhis footingas a doctor, a humanitariananda man. AnImperfect Offering—HumanitarianActioninthe
Twenty-first Century is his deeply personal andpolitical explorationof thenatureof humanitarianactiontoday. [memoir] InDirect Red—
ASurgeon’s Viewof Her Life-or-DeathProfessionEnglishphysicianDr. Gabriel Westonshares rivetingstories fromher career intheOR. Opening
line: “I amabout tofaint. MethyleneBlue. AcridineOrange. I havebeenholdingsomeone’s neck openfor sevenhours.” randomhouse.ca —B.S.
fab books to
lounge with
this summer
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d o c t o r o n a s o a p b o x D r . c h r i s p e n g i l ly
chomp + clean in the green
You may not be able to change
hospitals’ prodigious contributions
to landfills, but there are alternatives,
at least in your own home and office.
simply clean
Clean and green don’t have to be
mutually exclusive, as evidenced by
the biodegradable range of cleaning
products made by Vancouver-based
Sapadilla Soap Co. The power of plants,
like rosemary and peppermint, is used
in place of harsh chemicals, which can
cause skin irritations or even contribute
to cancer (not to mention the toxins
we wash down the drain and into our
streams and waterways).
Naturally derived sugars
and antimicrobial lactic
acid lend that squeakyclean touch to Sapadilla’s
all-purpose cleaner, while
a splash of vegetable
glycerin and the essential
oils of pink grapefruit and
bergamot pack a pleasing
punch to the dish soap that’s
tough on grime, but easy
on your hands. Sapadilla’s
cleaning products also
come packaged in HDPE #2
recyclable bottles—naturally.
sapadilla.com
pass on the plastic
Plastic may corner the market
on convenience, especially when it
comes to often-used items like cutlery,
but a line of compostable knives,
forks and spoons made from birch
and aspen is throwing a curve into the
industry. Aspenware’s WUN cutlery is
manufactured right in British Columbia’s
Okanagan Valley from fallen trees that
are salvaged from the forest industry.
Unlike plastic, which clogs our
landfills, these
utensils are crafted
from 100-per-cent
biodegradable
wood, which means
they can be tossed
right into your backyard
composter. WUN is
GMO and pesticide free,
boasts a Kosher and
Pareve certified coating,
and it promises a knife sharp
enough to chew through steak.
aspenware.ca —Janet Gyenes
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Just For Canadian Doctors
Dr. Chris Pengilly isJust For Canadian Doctors’
current affairs columnist. Please send your
comments to him at [email protected]
mindless meetings
Most meetings lack purpose and usefulness
A
s I head into retirement I am
shedding demands on my time that
I consider either non-remunerative,
irksome or unrewarding. Attending
meetings is one of the first to go. Thirty
or more times a day we
physicians see a problem
and decide on a course
of action. Unless
attending a meeting,
where much hot air is
expounded and few if any
decisions are made. I
have always had a
somewhat sceptical
view of the purpose
and usefulness of
meetings and this
was confirmed a
few years ago by the
following anecdote...
Several years ago the provincial
government decided that it
would implement regionalization
in the delivery of health care. As
a means of selling this to the public
several meetings were organized by the BC
Ministry of Health to inform the public and
supposedly gain public input. With such a
fundamental change I felt that I ought to
attend at least one of these meetings.
So at the appointed time I showed up at
the meeting venue. There was an impressive
attendance. It was a quintessential meeting.
There were PowerPoint presentations,
flip charts and a parade of well-rehearsed
speakers. After about an hour the meeting
was given over to breakout groups. The
alleged purpose of these small groups
was to discuss ways of saving Medicare
and bring the collective ideas back to the
plenary session.
After the breakout groups had
reconvened the conclusion was drawn that
if the population lived a healthier lifestyle
by exercising more, eating better and had
a healthy environment then demands on
the Medicare system would be significantly
reduced.
By now time was getting on, so we
adjourned for refreshments, provided
July/August 2009
courtesy of the Ministry of Health. With the
exhortation for a better diet still ringing in
our ears I could barely believe my eyes when
I observed the refreshments. It comprised of
chocolate doughnuts and jelly doughnuts,
an enormous icingcovered cake with all
sorts of unspeakable
dyes, and coffee. This
was all served on
Styrofoam plates with
plastic cutlery. The
cream for the coffee
was in individual plastic
containers. There was
not a single piece of
fresh fruit, granola bars,
fruit juice or water.
Unfortunately I am
not usually a person
who thinks quickly
on my feet. This time, however, I could
see the opportunity for a little harmless
mischief. I waited until the meeting leaders
had loaded their plates and were about to
reconvene the meeting. I then referred to
the earlier business of the meeting in which
the virtues of improved lifestyle and healthy
environment were extolled to save the
looming Medicare crisis.
I saw one of the Ministry of Health’s
appointed leaders, who weighed certainly
no less than 200 pounds, lower a wellloaded plate to the ground and try pushing
it surreptitiously under the table whilst
giving me a look of guilt and ill-suppressed
anger.
Regionalization did go ahead (for a
few years until it too was abandoned) and
the demands on the Medicare system
are continuing to escalate. Our hospitals
continue to fill the landfill every day with
Styrofoam cups, plates and plastic cutlery
[alternatives do exist; see sidebar on left].
As far as I know that 200-pound woman still
holds a senior controlling position in the BC
Ministry of Health—no doubt attending a
copious number of meetings.
Would it surprise you to know that I
was not invited to contribute to further
meetings?
I could
see the
opportunity
for a little
harmless
mischief
aqueous humour Dr. dara behroozi
Dr. Dara Behroozi isJust For Canadian
Doctors’ humour columnist. He practises
medicine, plays soccer and enjoys single-malt.
the meaning of life?
Years of philosophical thought yield wisdom, or just more angst
Thou hast no knowledge of the life thou art leading;
thy very existence is a mystery to thee. —Euripides.
I
solution from
May/June 2009 contest
have given myself the liberty of making
this column a tad more philosophical.
There are things that dawn on a person
gradually, after years of thought and many
hours of mulling ideas in one’s mind. Some
may call it wisdom. Surprisingly when
it arrives, it does not always bring with
it contentment and calmness—on the
contrary it can bring more angst! So it is
with me.
The journey starts in my youth, reading
the existential writers, then those who
explained the mechanisms of evolution,
and finally fatalist poets like Khayyam [the
classic collection of his poetry, Rubaiyat of
Omar Khayyam, is above]. The result was
arguments in smoke-filled cafes, where I
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tried to explain to those who were clearly
intellectually challenged how obvious it
was that we were the result of evolution,
part of the on-going tapestry of life on
this planet, and no different from any
other creature walking this earth.
My friends and I rejected the fables
of various religions and were steadfast
in our views on life. Humans clearly had
an insignificant place in this enormous
Universe. The humility of our views for
humanity contrasted with the arrogance
with which we held them, and rejected
any other possibilities. Science had turned
the knob, 20th-century philosophers had
pushed the door a little and then we kicked
it wide open, comfortable in the knowledge
that logic had done away with years of
superstition.
Furthermore we stated with solid
smugness that everything in the universe
was totally random and without reason.
There was no inherent fairness…tsunamis
and earthquakes dished out death and
destruction to the good, the bad and
indifferent without prejudice.
Of course we tend to congregate with
those who share our view of the world; this
is the basis of organized religion, stamp
clubs, biker gangs, etc. Even agnostics like
us did it. The result is that no other opinions
are allowed to challenge ours, which have
become hardened into rock. Over time we
had to reluctantly admit some inescapable
truths that followed on from our beliefs. If
OUR life were to have any meaning, then
ALL life also should, since we were linked
like a daisy chain to the chimpanzees, the
animals we bred for consumption, the
dolphins caught in fishing nets and even the
hundreds of mosquitoes I kill with glee every
summer.
Finally as our fourth decade rolled in,
we had to accept the final conclusion of
these views. These included the fact that the
presence
of the whole human
race could be decided by a whim of fate,
such as a meteor or an environmental
disaster. One unlucky slip and we would join
the dinosaurs, except that we hadn’t been
around long enough to leave fossils for the
next species to dig up. As we sipped our
beer in the pub, our discussions became
more sullen…what possible meaning and
purpose could our individual lives have? As
one of my friends said: “We seem to be footsoldiers in the march of the evolution of
one species, which has an uncertain future
on a small planet, in one obscure corner
of a medium-sized galaxy, in a limitless
Universe.”
The only upside is that it reinforces
what we call problems—you know, “he said
this, she said that”…“why have my RRSPs
fallen”…“will the Leafs ever qualify for the
play-offs again”—are rather unimportant.
I almost forgot that this is supposed to
be a humorous column, so I will end with
the only philosophical joke I know:
A doctor, a scientist, a mathematician,
and a philosopher are hiking through the
hills of Scotland when they see a lone black
sheep in a field.
The doctor says, “What do you know, it
looks like the sheep around here are black.”
The scientist looks at him skeptically and
replies, “Well, at least some of them are.” The
mathematician considers this for a moment
and replies, “Well, at least one of them is.”
Then the philosopher turns to them and
says, “Well, at least on one side.”
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the wine doctor dr. neil pollock
Dr. Neil Pollock is a member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada; visit his website
on wine at vinovancouver.com or send feedback to [email protected]
He practises no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy and infant circumcision.
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wine party
sustainable sipping
W
ell, I never thought that I would
be the kind of guy to drink any
alcoholic beverage out of a
paper bag—especially not in my own living
room—but the night that I did ended up
being a terrific, educational, wine-tasting
evening that was loads of fun.
The evening’s highlights were not only
the wines tasted, which included some
blow-your-mind merlots from Le Vieux Pin
Winery, but the colourful cast of characters I
brought together on a whim—just because.
The cast included my good friends Mark
and Heather, who know as much about
wine as I do about astrophysics, new friends
Praveen and his wife Anush, who we met
at the club and ignited the evening by
introducing me to Saedeeh, the proprietor
of Le Vieux Pin, and her Executive Director
Rasoul, whose knowledge and passion for
wine is second to none. And, weeks before,
I bumped into Eli, who mentioned that he
had one of the largest private wine collections in the world—so, naturally, he was in
as well. (I had to make sure that there was
actually a real wine connoisseur present!) He
arrived with his girlfriend and a $500-bottle
of white burgundy, which, Heather and my
depth and change in colour
from ruby to pale brown
towards the edges, giving us
clues about age. We tried to
assess and predict soil and
country from the bouquet,
as well as grape variety, sniffing for fruit or floral or green
vegetative aromas. On the
palate we commented on the
nature of the fruit, whether it
was subtle or bold, and tried
to identify what fruits we
actually could taste, as well
as the wine’s spiciness and
balance—all these giving us
insight into the grape variety.
In the finish we commented
on how smooth it was, how
the degree of tannins affected our impressions, and
how pleasant the lingering
finish was—all helping us to
unravel the age, grape and
quality of the vinification process.
These types of tasting opportunities are
great for challenging yourself to develop
wine-tasting skills and wine appreciation. If
Let’s just say, I was entertained as much
by the guests’ interactions as the wines
wife agreed later, was a vastly inferior wine to
the $18 chardonnay that we also tasted that
evening.
Let’s just say, I was entertained as much
by the guests’ interactions as the wines.
We started the evening by bagging the
wines and then pouring and tasting each
bottle in succession, allowing us to dote over
each, taste with and without food, and then
share our thoughts about the various elements and characteristics. Rasoul and I mediated the discussion (and Rasoul ensured a
fascinating flow of meaningful information),
and we all commented on characteristics
related to the wines’ appearance, bouquet,
flavours on the palate, and finish.
In terms of appearance, we assessed the
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you’re serious about evolving your skills and
appreciation, you need to be able to build
reliable links between your physical sensory
apparatus and your cortical bank of relevant
verbiage. With practice, you will soon be
able to accurately describe the qualities
and characteristics of a wine, which are
often consistent amongst tasters of a given
vintage at a sitting.
One of my favourite wines that evening—and that I recommend as a musttry—is the Le Vieux Pin Époque Merlot 2006.
The eastern exposure of this organically
certified vineyard gave a lower yield for this
vintage, helping concentrate flavours and
develop structure. The grapes were handharvested and the wine was handcrafted in
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small fermenters to highlight the unique personality of the vineyard. It’s dark red/purple
in the glass, with lush ripe plums with a hint
of vanilla. It’s soft and approachable on the
palate with bright fruit overtones; perfect
drinking, with a long fruit forward finish. It
retails for about $40 a bottle.
For special occasions try the Le Vieux Pin
Apogée Merlot 2006, my other favourite of
the evening. This has black fruit, cigar and
cocoa; a dense complex palate, dominated
by plums and spice. Age-worthy tannins give
the wine backbone and structure reminiscent of excellent Bordeaux wines that I have
tasted. Massive, mercurial finish of plums and
cocoa are in constant flux right to the end.
Decant before serving. The Apogée is priced
at about $65 a bottle.
The evening was so much fun that
when I was called by Jeff from the New
Westminster Medical Association to work
with him on an interesting wine tasting/
wine appreciation night for about 20 of
our colleagues, I knew exactly what to do.
I asked Jeff to invite his entire group to my
home, called Rasoul, and said “let’s do it all
again!”
Lynn Falconer / le vieux pin winery
From $500 burgundy to $18 chardonnay
Le Vieux Pin
winery, on the East Bench in Oliver, BC, makes wines in
the French tradition with grapes grown organically and
sustainably. Le Vieux Pin uses low-input viticulture to
create wine that’s representative of the unique Okanagan
Valley terroir (low rainfall, high heat, dry environment). This
means dry farming, minimal fertilizer addition, high-density
plantings and low-yield, as well as contracting grapes from
other growers who have certified organic vineyards or
grow sustainably. The winery calls its blend of organic and
biodynamic practices “non-interventionism.” levieuxpin.ca
t h e f o o d d o c t o r d r . h o l ly f o n g
Dr. Holly Fong is a practising speech-language
pathologist with three young children who is
always trying, adapting and creating dishes.
cool summer
Warm-weather fare that’s fresh, light and super easy
N
ow that summer
has arrived, the
last thing I want
to do is spend it cooking
in a sweltering kitchen.
Of course, there’s always
takeout, which quickly
becomes expensive if
you don’t want greasy
takeout. There’s also the
grill but even that can
become too hot if you’re
cooking a whole meal on
it. Over the course of the
gazpacho (serves 4)
soup
3 cups coarse chunks of crustless white
bread (good baguette or Italian bread)
1 lb ripe tomatoes cut into coarse chunks
(approx. 4 – 5 tomatoes)
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut
into coarse chunks
1½ cups red bell pepper cut into coarse
chunks
½ cup coarsely chopped sweet onion (e.g.,
red onion, sweet white or Vidalia)
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/ cup packed herbs (any combination of
Italian parsley, cilantro and basil)
¼ cup sherry vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 peeled garlic clove
salt and pepper to taste
summer, I seem to gravitate towards salads,
sandwiches or wraps and cold soups.
For those scorching hot days, gazpacho
is the ultimate no-cooking-over-a-hot stove
soup. Originally from Spain, gazpachos
are cold soups made with bread. There’s
a white one from Málaga made with
almonds and grapes, cumin-scented ones
from Granada, but the one most familiar to
North America is the Andalusian “summer
salad” version with tomato, cucumber and
bell peppers. Ripe tomatoes, red peppers,
garlic and sherry vinegar give the soup
a refreshing tangy sweet punch. If made
garnish
with cold vegetables from the refrigerator,
finely chopped sweet onion
it will be ready to serve (in chilled bowls)
finely chopped seeded cucumber
after 30 minutes of refrigeration. This is just
finely chopped red pepper
enough time to prepare a green salad and
finely chopped herbs (any combination of
quesadillas made with takeout roasted
Italian parsley, cilantro and basil)
chicken.
Ina largebowl, pour enoughwater over thebreadto
Given gazpacho’s Spanish heritage, it
cover. If breadis fresh, immediately squeezeout thewater matches well with Spanish Verdejos—crisp,
andput inthefoodprocessor bowl. If thebreadis stale, white wines somewhat similar to Sauvignon
let it absorbwater for a fewmoments. Addtherest of
Blanc. The 2005 Bribón Verdejo produced
thesoupingredients intothefoodprocessor. Pureeuntil by Pradorey in stainless steel vats, is dry with
smooth, about 3 – 4 minutes. Seasontotastewithsalt
tastes of apple, grapefruit and a slight floral
andpepper. Strainthrougha finesieve. Refrigerateuntil hint. The wine has enough acid and body
well chilled. Servethesoupinindividual chilledbowls
or creamy mouth feel to complement the
withgarnishes ontop.
soup. Salud and buen provecho.
dr. holly fong
+
Dr. Holly Fong’s chicken quesadillas
recipeis onjustforcanadiandoctors.com.
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Down south
go north
Northern New Mexico is big-sky and high-desert
country with an enchanting bohemian soul
story + photography by Barb Sligl
It’s the light.
A striking play of light
and shadow and texture. Georgia O’Keeffe
captured it in her iconic paintings—red
adobe walls, ochre rock faces, bleached bones
against a brilliant blue sky—as Ansel Adams
did in his stark black-and-white photography—low, ominous clouds over scrub-dotted
craggy hills. In northern New Mexico, it’s all
earth and sky—bright, bold, big.
O’Keeffe once described this land as “…
perfectly mad looking country—hills and
cliffs and washes too crazy to imagine all
thrown up in the air by God and let tumble
where they would…” She was enchanted
by it. (Seems the state slogan “Land of
Enchantment” is particularly apt.) A photo
taken by her husband, photographer Arthur
Stieglitz, titled Georgia O’Keeffe—After Return
from New Mexico, shows her with a small, secretive smile, as if sharing a bit of her recent
enchantment.
It’s hard not to be sucked in by the
beauty here. North of Albuquerque, in the
high desert of Santa Fe and beyond to Taos,
along the rugged Rio Grande gorge, you’re in
lunar-like landscape. Ghost Ranch seems like
its centre, a microcosm of the northern New
Mexico character: from its sordid beginnings
as an isolated working ranch owned by two
brothers tried for murder and hanged (on a
massive cottonwood still there) to a dude
ranch for escaping and convalescing elite like
the Lindberghs (the thin, dry air was sought
as TB treatment) and O’Keeffe’s stomping
grounds (what she nicknamed “my backyard”), and now a retreat for spiritual and
creative exploration.
Legendary writer D.H. Lawrence also
found something he was searching for in
northern New Mexico while on his “savage
pilgrimage.” I think New Mexico was the greatest experience from the outside world that I have
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ever had. It certainly changed me forever…In
the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico
one sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke
up suddenly, and the old world gave way to a
new…(From his 1928 essay “New Mexico.”)
He visited the socialite and salon-like
hostess of visiting artistes Mabel Dodge
Luhan in the 1920s in Taos (O’Keeffe also
discovered New Mexico through her; and,
in the 1970s, Mabel’s house was bought by
actor Dennis Hopper, who played host in a
new era of counterculture to guests like Bob
Dylan and Leonard Cohen). So besotted was
Lawrence with this land that he traded his
original manuscript of Sons and Lovers for
Mabel’s Kiowa Ranch. There he wrote under
a lofty pine that O’Keeffe immortalized in The
Lawrence Tree.
And artists continue to be drawn here.
Santa Fe is a mecca for traditional and
contemporary art (it’s a UNESCO-certified
“Creative City”). Visit gallery after gallery on
Canyon Road (with everything from 17th-century beaded moccasins to contemporary kinetic sculpture) and walk by rustic turquoise
painted doors (vibrant blue is everywhere,
thought to ward off evil spirits at entryways
and windows) and the chalky red adobe of
local homes. It’s a tourist drag for a reason.
Off the beaten path is a bit of a different art vibe. The Santa Fe Railyard Park and
Plaza is home to SITE Sante Fe, a kunsthalle (a
German term for a non-collecting exhibition
space) that’s known internationally for its
Biennial contemporary art presentation. The
last biennial included pieces like Story Line, a
snake-like clay sculpture of familiar red-brown
adobe that oozed from the SITE exterior to
end in a splat inside the main gallery (largely
described as a big bowel movement)—a reinterpretation of traditional materials by a local Santa Clara Pueblo family of artists.
July/August 2009
above A jimson weed or datura flower. The bright
bloom was a favourite subject for Georgia O’Keeffe.
below Desert blue: turquoise is everywhere in New
Mexico, from jewellery to architectural beams.
above left More bright blues in Santa Fe. This doorway was once the entryway to the false storefront where Manhattan Project scientists signed in and were then
transported to Los Alamos. above right A guide at Ghost Ranch takes visitors on a tour that highlights the exact scenes that Georgia O’Keeffe painted. Here Chimney
Rocks, on canvas and in reality. below right The New Mexico Museum of Art combines traditional adobe architecture, classic southwest art and modern art. Santa Fe
is a mecca for artists. below left A cowboy and trail-riding guide exudes Old West spirit in the Carson National Forest near Red River, far north in New Mexico.
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must-DO old railyard, new scene >
TherevitalizedSanta FeRailyardPark andPlaza is a
vibrant arts-and-culturecorridor witha park, plaza,
biking/joggingtrails, theSanta FeFarmers Market,
anda fabulous groupof galleries. Must-stop: SITE
Santa Fe, a cavernous warehouse-turned-kunsthalle.
Plus a slewof galleries. Browseart, samplelocal fare,
minglewithlocals, and, of course, hoponthetrain.
Takea short scenictrainridefromthehistoricSanta
FeDepot ontheSanta FeSouthernRailway or usethe
NewMexicoRailrunner Express commuter service(a
great newoptionfor travellingintonorthernNew
MexicofromtheAlbuquerqueairport hub). > Santa
FeRailyardPark andPlaza; railyardsantafe.com>
NewMexicoRail Runner Express; nmrailrunner.com>
Santa FeSouthernRailway; sfsr.com> SITESanta Fe;
sitesantafe.org
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Seetheartist’s
iconicup-closeflower paintings, depictions of stones
andbones, andlater abstracts. Thephotos of her—
likeToddWebb’s “Georgia O’KeeffeinGlenCanyon”
of her stridingthroughthenorthernNewMexico
landscapewitha skull andantlers—arecaptivating.
Comefor theart andstay for tasty southwesternfare
at theGallery Café(a sample: roastedeggplant soup
andpassion-fruit icetea). okeeffemuseum.org
STAY last stop on the Santa Fe Trail >
La Fonda Hotel (“fonda” is anoldSpanishwordfor
hotel) has a storiedpast: thelast stoponthewagon
trail fromMissouri, stables duringtheCivil War, anda
Harvey Houseontherailroad. It’s still anoutpost for
travellers, perfectly situatedright across theSanta Fe
Plaza. Today’s incarnationincludes meetingspace,
a spa, andsuites off of anupper terracethat looks
directly ontheSt. Francis Cathedral, makingthis
historichotel a spot tosoak upsomeSanta Festyle.
lafondasantafe.com
desert oasis > BuffaloThunder is a newresort
(andjoint project betweenHiltonandthePojoaque
Pueblo) just outsideSanta Fethat offers a desert
escapewitha bit of just about everything: a spa,
finedining(renownedlocal chef Mark Miller’s Red
SageRestaurant), a casino, 36-holegolf course,
plenty of meetingspace, andsomeeclectic, signature
southwesternstyle… buffalothunderresort.com
taste Los Mayas > Sampleauthentic
northernNewMexicanfoodina restaurant housedin
a 1929adobehome(steps fromSanta FePlaza). Sip
a mangomargarita intheoutdoor courtyard, nibble
onguacamole frescoandchickenmole, andenjoy a
serenadeby owner Fernando, whooftenentertains
guests withtraditional tunes. losmayas.com
more SanteFeOpera, runs July andAugust,
santafeopera.org> SanteFeChamber MusicFestival,
runs July 19– August 24, santafechambermusic.org>
Santa FeConventionandVisitors Bureau, santafe.org
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Of course, generations of pueblo peoples (there are 19 pueblos in New Mexico)
have created more traditional art through
that same adobe—literally earth or mud—
and still do. At San Ildefonso Pueblo another
family produces Pre-Columbian and contemporary styles of pottery. The clay, plants for
paint, and cedar wood and dung for firing
are all collected from the surrounding high
desert. The land still sways.
And literally. People make pilgrimages to
gather handfuls of holy dirt at El Santuario
de Chimayó, believed to be a place of healing and likely the most-visited church in New
Mexico. The Spanish-Pueblo chapel is quintessential adobe style, with wooden vigas
and rustic paintings inside. The small hole of
plain-looking sandy earth draws visitor after
visitor, scooping the precious stuff into paper
bags to take home.
From the pilgrim seeking northern New
Mexico’s dry dust to the cliché of the fiestaskirted, silver-bangled, big-belt-buckled,
boot-clad and Stetson-topped local strid-
Mexico Museum of Art, How the West Is One:
The Art of New Mexico (through 2010’s celebrations of Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary), takes
you on an intercultural—Native American,
Hispanic, and European-American—journey
through 125 years of art and history. Part of
the Wild West roots is transportation—horses, wagons, route 66, even the motorbike (the
exhibit includes a Harley alongside a photograph of O’Keeffe hitching a ride to Abiquiú
on the back of one)…and the railroad.
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is
a living artifact of the American West. Little
has changed since its beginnings in 1880;
it’s a ride back to the steam era of mountain
railroading. (Think Indiana Jones and the Last
Crusade, which was partly filmed here). The
narrow-gauge rail line travels through whispering forests of aspen (with rail-side tree
trunks that still feature the etchings of longgone miners and crew), high mountain passes and craggy canyons to the vast San Luis
Valley, all along the Colorado-New Mexico
border. The scenery is predictably stunning
In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one
sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke up suddenly…
—D.H. Lawrence
ing across the plaza in Santa Fe, this place is
made up of strong and independent spirits
that stretch back to the days when Billy the
Kid rode into Santa Fe with guns blazing
(more than once). (And the iconic outlaw
tangled with another defiant character in
northern New Mexico’s history, General Lew
Wallace, one-time governor of the territory,
and best-selling author of Ben-Hur…)
Today’s cowboys in northern New Mexico
are more sedate—think hand-sewn chaps
and Wranglers, tough boots and spurs, and a
wide pearly white smile (no chewing tobacco
to mess with modern-day teeth, just the standard blade of grass hanging out of the mouth).
In the far-north mountain town of Red River
you’ll find such cowboys guiding trail rides into
the aspen forest, climbing old trails to open
meadows under that big, big sky. Red River’s
past as an old frontier town from the glory
days of gold, silver and copper mining is part of
its small-town charm today as a low-key skiing,
hiking, horseback riding and hunting destination. And its cowboys, of course.
Northern New Mexico is steeped in the
mythology of the West. An exhibit at the New
(and even more so when the aspens turn a
burnished yellow in the fall).
Another photo in the How the West is
One exhibit shows the first detonation of
the nuclear bomb in 1945 near Los Alamos,
a town perhaps better known as the home
of the Manhattan Project. Secret goings-on,
strange personalities…some of which feels
like it’s still going on; photos prohibited in
certain directions, side roads barricaded and
off-limits, security checkpoints. But the town
is chock-full of intellectual types drawn here
from all over the world to work at the Los
Alamos National Lab and contribute to this
stealthy scientific community (with an almost
fanatical enthusiasm for the place).
And that’s the spirit of northern New
Mexico—an eclectic mix of aspirational and
inspirational characters. Artists, pueblo and
Hispano peoples, cowboys, revolutionaries—
as much a part of this landscape as the hills
and valleys and sky and clouds themselves.
O’Keeffe called the land of northern New
Mexico “the faraway.” A surreal and enchanting
land of beauty and space—and that light.
if you go
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ghost ranch ghostranch.org PUeblos indianpueblo.org chimayó chimayo.org;
elsantuariodechimayo.us train Cumbres & ToltecScenicRailroad, cumbrestoltec.com red river
redriver.org; redriverstables.comlos alamos visit.losalamos.com; Los Alamos National Lab,
lanl.gov how the west was one NewMexicoMuseumof Art, mfasantafe.org more For
general infoonnorthernNewMexico: northcentralnm.com. For moreinfoonSanta Fe, seesidebar.
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above left
The vast Rio Grande Rift stretches north through New Mexico. above middle A Red River guide’s cowboy boots, silver spurs, and hand-sewn (himself!) chaps.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s adobe house (with wooden ladder, of course) in Abiquiú. below right The Potrero Trading Post and Vigil Store in Chimayó.
above right
above left Conductor on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. below left Big sky and high desert at Ghost Ranch; Georgia O’Keeffe lived steps from this scene, where
she painted this twisted cedar in Gerald’s Tree II. below right The signature black, white and red pottery of Krieg Kalavaza and Diane Jenkins of the San Ildefonso Pueblo.
motoring
D r . k e l ly s i l v e r t h o r n
Dr. Kelly Silverthorn is a radiologist
and Just For Canadian Doctors’
automotive writer.
fuel futures
The i-MiEV arrives in
Vancouver this fall for testing
with the Government of BC,
BC Hydro and the City of
Vancouver
MITSUBISHI MiEV
The freshest and greenest of the car crop
I
’m a carbon footprint skeptic. I breathe
in O2 and breathe out CO2, while plants
do the opposite. In response, I have been
slow to embrace “green” cars. They’ll be slow,
boring appliances, right? Yet the car companies are deploying their best minds in this
green quest. So I had ambivalent expectations for my green car immersion at the 101st
Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Show’s EcoDrive Experience
unleashed 225 automotive journalists from
around the world into LA traffic, driving 25
types of production and near-production
green cars. My lottery allocation of test-drives
proved a good mix of different green vehicle
types, sizes, and propulsion methods.
AUDI Q7 TDI (CleanDiesel)
Available in North American markets, this is
the 7-passenger luxury-liner V-6 turbo-diesel
SUV from Germany’s Audi. More than 50% of
luxury vehicles sold in Europe are diesels. In
North America the proportion of diesel passenger vehicles sold is tiny.
Consumer perceptions can be difficult
to change, and consumers on our side of the
pond anachronistically associate diesels with
slow, noisy, smelly vehicles belching black
smoke. Our oil-refining choices have kept
North American diesel prices higher.
The Q7 was none of those things. In fact,
you would be hard pressed to know you
weren’t driving one of the gasoline-fired Q7
versions sold in Canada since 2006. Diesels
are known for their abundant torque at low
and mid rpm, which is where most day-to-day
driving occurs. The Q7 did not disappoint.
MITSUBISHI MiEV (Full Electric)
Next up was the narrow, tall, and short fourdoor city car from Mitsubishi. The MiEV is a
plug-in only-electric four-door car sold in
Japan. On their 220v grid, recharge time is 7
hours and the resulting range is 160 km. On a
typical North American 110v outlet, recharge
time would be 14 hours. Top speed of the
little Mitsubishi is 130 kph.
The MiEV does not meet North American
crash standards. Nevertheless, some of our
jurisdictions are allowing cars like the MiEV
to be registered, as long as they are speed-
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limited to just 40 kph. Crashworthiness and
carbon footprints can be competing aims
for society. Increasing crashworthiness adds
weight, which subtracts from fuel economy.
Society has other issues to grapple with
in the electric car field. How will we generate more green electricity? Do we have the
distribution system to carry this electricity
to where it is needed? Will we give electric
cars perks such as tax breaks, free parking,
public charging facilities, and their own traffic
lanes? How will their batteries be recycled or
retired? How do you complete your trip if you
“run out of charge”?
Smart minds are working to solve these
electric car issues. What I can tell you is that
the MiEV dynamically was a blast to drive.
Electric motors provide all of their torque at
throttle tip-in offering up a willing partner to
press on through the urban jungle. I could
see driving one of these on my daily commute, and grinning foolishly (though perhaps
not at 40 kph).
However, the noiseless part of the electric
car experience has got to go. Blind people
need to hear them. Car enthusiasts want
to hear them. I’m confident some smart
marketer will allow customizing the sound of
your electric ride—just like we do now with
our cell-phone ringtones. “Today I would like
Ferrari V-12 sound please!”
SATURN VUE GREEN LINE (Dual-modeHybrid)
The Vue is a five-passenger SUV of the “cuteute” class (Ford Escape, Nissan X-Trail, and
Toyota RAV 4). Like the Prius, Accord, and
other mainstream hybrid sedans, all propulsion in this Vue is directly or indirectly derived
from the on-board combustion of gasoline.
Combustive energy not required for immediate propulsion is fed to a lithium-hydrid
battery pack, as is any energy recouped in
the regenerative vehicle braking system.
The Vue’s drive-train brain then uses battery
power and V-6 gasoline propulsion in the
optimal mix for the driving situation of the
moment.
Compared with earlier hybrids there are
certainly fewer driving idiosyncrasies now—
less oddity at the brake pedal or when the
V-6 is fired to play its role. With a little fake
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SATURN VUE GREEN LINE
HONDA CLARITY FCX
AUDI Q7 TDI
engine noise (or music) soundtrack thrown in
I wouldn’t have known I was driving a hybrid.
I would still have thought the urban jungle
acceleration impressive though.
Even when gasoline was $130 US a barrel,
it is questionable if the extra up-front costs
of hybrids could pay back the buyer in fuel
savings over 5 years of ownership. A hybrid
won’t leave you stranded like an electric car
out of juice, but otherwise you have those
same battery issues to consider.
HONDA CLARITY FCX (Fuel Cell Vehicle)
This Honda four-door sedan is the technologic tour-de-force of my EcoDrive foursome.
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Associates Chartered Accountants. You can
propulsion, though a regenerative braking
reach him at [email protected]
system is also incorporated. The basic idea
is that Hydrogen replaces gasoline as fuel,
with resulting byproducts of energy and
water.
All good so far, but alas we can’t just
pump Hydrogen out of the ground like
Jed Clampett did black gold. We have to
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is no expectation that they will ever file for
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unemployment benefits.
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biggest winner in the dividend sweepstakes at
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and hydrogen fuel-cells coming down
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through your corporation is relatively small.
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a $1 refund of its refundable taxes. A salary is
of these technologies to play roles, the
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not eligible for the refund.
degree to which will vary from continent to
There are a number of factors to consider when 6. With dividends you keep more of your
continent.
contemplating the salary-versus-dividend issue
money until tax time, since you are not subject
The LA Auto Show’s EcoDrive concept
and deciding which strategy is right for you.
to the rigorous payroll tax-withholding regime.
cars and production cars were anything
1. Salary is subject to Canada Pension Plan
As you can see from this overview, many factors
but slow or boring. The future of perpremiums. If you think that the CPP premiums
come in to play, from where you live to whether
sonal vehicles promises a smaller carbon
are just another form of taxation, without any
it is beneficial for you to income split. Your
footprint, yet undiminished luxury, utility,
real benefits in your old age, then opt for the
circumstances may also change from year to
playfulness, and (hopefully) performance.
dividend and in 2009 you will save the CPP
year, so ask yourself periodically whether your
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premium of $4,237.20.
strategy still works for you.
about the fuel revolution in cars.
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prescribing r & R
Dr. Lili Nasseri is a primary care specialist. She frequently writes about her travels,
including a monthly travel column, “The Maritime Traveller,” for the Times and
Transcript newspaper in Moncton, NB. She is currently working on her first book.
yogic weekend
by dr. lili nasseri
Yoga + wine in Canada’s only desert
W
+
flexibility and strength, relieve tension and
stress and become more centred and aware.
It’s only half past seven in the morning,
but it’s already 30°C. “It’s like hot yoga,” says
Jonathan with a wink. I’m relieved when we
end with corpse pose, flat on our backs.
After yoga? Wine (with breakfast in
between!). A path lined with purple robe
lotus leaves leads the way to Nk’Mip cellars,
North America’s first Aboriginal-owned and
operated winery. It produces 18,000 cases
of wine annually from approximately 6,000
tonnes of grapes. The vineyard on site,
planted in 2000, has over 21 acres of land. It
consists mainly of Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
The reserve also owns 340 acres north of
Oliver, where they’ve been growing Pinot
Noir and Riesling since 1968 (most contracted out to other vineyards such as Jackson
Triggs and Iniskillin).
We settle into our wine-tasting seats
with 7 tall Riedel glasses before us. The Pinot
Blanc 2007 is first. It’s crisp, fresh with a hint
of citrus. Next is the Riesling 2007 which has
a stronger acidic taste, mixed with orchard
fruit and berries. My favourite red is the
Syrah 2006; it’s smoky, spicy and has plum
if you go
Weekly Rooftop yoga
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flavours. Last, is the Nk’Mip Ice Wine. I’ve
been spitting out the wine so far, but I can’t
bring myself to spit this. It seems sacrilegious. The ice wine is decadent. There are
notes of lavender and rosewater mixed with
honey. It tastes like heaven.
Feeling slightly giddy we head out to
the Nk’Mip patio facing the orchards. A flute
plays its melancholic melody and suddenly
I feel a million miles away from home, work
and reality. It’s blissful. I order the grilled
bison steak served in blue cheese butter
and accompanied by herb corn bread and
grilled asparagus. For dessert, we have
another glass of ice wine. Why resist?
To end the day, we head over to Sonora
Desert Spa. I’ve booked a lavender body
wrap and my husband eagerly reserves a
gentleman’s menu deep-tissue massage.
We slip into our terry-cloth robes and go our
separate ways, each with a glass of lemonflavoured water in hand. As I slip into my
lavender-scented reverie, listening to birds
chirping in the background, and feeling soft
masseuse hands on my back, I can’t help but
ask myself: “Why we don’t go away every
weekend?”
from top: courtesy spirit ridge; dr. lili nasseri
hen I told my husband Jonathan
that we’d be going to the South
Okanagan for a weekend of
relaxation and yoga, his only comment was
“What do men wear to yoga?”
We drive in to Osoyoos, 400 km east of
Vancouver, a small patch of desert laden
with vineyards. The weekend starts on the
rooftop of Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort
where we’ll be spending the night. Tina, a
petite woman with dark locks, is our yogi
master. She explains that the word hatha
comes from the Sanskrit terms ha, meaning
“sun”, and tha, meaning “moon” and that
hatha yoga is the basis for all forms of physical yoga such as Power, Bikram, Ashtanga
and Kundalini. Our focus is on breathing,
alignment and posture breakdown.
As we begin our sun salutation, my eyes
are transfixed on the view: grey rocky desert
against a backdrop of baby blue sky, lined
by a majestic mountain range. I continue
with my deep breathing and feel all my
tensions slowly melt away. Hatha yoga, Tina
tells us, helps achieve balance between
body, mind, and spirit. Through the continued practice of asanas, or poses, we gain
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practising medicine In the shadow of Whistler Mountain
by Lisa Richardson
Tourism BC/Toshi Kawano
Cyclist overlooking the mountain views on Whistler Mountain, including Black Tusk
I
t’s a Thursday evening, which in Whistler, BC
in the summer means 300 people are positioning
their bikes at a trailhead, preparing to explode
through the starting corral for the community’s
signature social bike race, the Toonie Ride. >>
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So dubbed because inflationary pressure
increased the entry fee from its original
dollar coin, the Toonie Ride remains the best
way to spend two loonies in Whistler, with
food and fresh (mostly malty) beverages
provided for riders at the finish line by
weekly ride sponsors, and all proceeds
directed to trail maintenance and to a prize
pot for the top finishers.
“Loonie” is also an apt description of the
bike fever that settles over the town at the
first sign of snow melt. (And there are plenty
of volunteers on hand should the trails
need shovelling to accelerate their riderreadiness.)
The Toonie Rides are open to the public,
to all levels of rider, and the back of the pack
is a social convivial place to be, but make no
Dr. Zeglinski competing in La Ruta
mistake, up amongst the front-runners, even
if they’re outfitted in fancy dress costumes,
the fight for victory is in full earnest. Par for the
course when this many type A personalities
are crammed into one town.
Dr Cathryn Zeglinski can usually be found
somewhere at the front of the pack, often
finishing amongst the top three women.
A one-time national team cyclist,
Zeglinski is now one of ten physicians serving
Whistler, and has run her own practice, the
Northlands Medical Clinic, since 2005. The
clinic, which specializes in general family
medicine, urgent care, travel, occupational
and sports medicine, was voted Best New
Business in Whistler the year it opened, and
subsequently named as the Best Medical
Clinic (2008) with Zeglinski voted Best
Doctor (2006, 2007, 2008) in the annual Best
of Whistler poll compiled by the local Pique
newsmagazine.
Zeglinski is proud of those endorsements.
She confesses that she is somewhat
perplexed by the reticence of her colleague,
Dr Hugh Fisher, to reveal his stash of paddling
medals, including gold and bronze medals
won at the 1984 Olympics. “I’d love to have
been an Olympic gold medallist but I wasn’t
good enough, and Hugh’s so humble about
it. It’s a bit strange to me really.”
For Zeglinski, competing is a way of
staying engaged, of soaking in inspiration
and spreading it around as if she were the
Jackson Pollock of positive mojo. Be it at the
Whistler Toonie Rides, or the Mt Washington
to Comox Snow to Surf Adventure, or the
Summer in Whistler Village
Riding one of the trails—complete
with ramps and stunts—in Whistler
Sun + snow, high above Whistler
top, from left: Tourism British Columbia; courtesy Dr. Zeglinski; bottom,
from left: Sterling Lorence ; Tourism BC/Toshi Kawano; Tourism BC/JF Bergeron
Whistler Town Plaza
Lookout point, Whistler Peak
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eatdirt
from top: Tourism BC/Toshi Kawano; courtesy dr. Zeglinski
Get the adrenaline pumping,
pedals pushing and sweat
dripping…it’s summer!
grueling La Ruta de los Conquistadores in
Costa Rica, her signature bright pink jersey
gets around. Last fall in Costa Rica, she was
the oldest female competitor to sign on
for the multi-day stage race, and finished
amongst the top 10 women there.
“My patients are so excited and thrilled
for me,” she says of the coverage her extreme
exploits garner in the local papers, “and when
they realize that it’s possible for me with a
practice and a family to do something like
that, I think it makes some of them reassess
- they can’t make the excuse that they don’t
have time. People put up their own barriers
to making change in their lives and they hold
dearly to those barriers, not really willing
to ask themselves if those barriers are selfimposed.”
Zeglinski believes that being physically
active transforms people’s lives. It only
took one beach holiday for her to realize
that she wasn’t going to find a sense of
accomplishment or invigoration at the
bottom of the margarita glass or in an allover tan.
So she rides. “I’d dabbled in mountain
bike racing for many years, I just had no time
to devote to it. But when Dr Fisher joined the
practice full-time last September, I had time
to train for the first time in 20 years.”
There was also the little matter of that
voice that skirted around a busy practice and
family life to whisper, “Really? Is this it?”
“Whistler is an interesting place to
practice,” says Zeglinski. “20-50% of my
day, on average, is spent practicing sports
Start of La Ruta de los Conquistadores
The Whistler Mountain Bike
Park offers over 1,200 metres
(4,800 feet) of lift-serviced descending
mountain bike trails, and promises
something for every level of mountain
bike rider. Although 60% of the terrain
is geared at the expert level, there
are also gentle, banked cruisers, and
intermediate runs that give riders plenty
of mileage as they aim to improve
their skills. The Whistler Mountain
Bike Park also has two skill centers,
a jump park, drop off park, and the
Boneyard Slopestyle Park. The Park
opened May 16, and offers rental and
lesson programs, include Bike Park
101, and Women’s Nights on Mondays
and Wednesdays for a rookie-friendly,
testosterone-free adventure.
(Women’s Nights run from June 22 –
September 7.) whistlerbike.com
Toonie Rides for intermediate riders
or stronger take place in Whistler every
Thursday during the summer. WORCA
membership plus $2 gets you a chance
to explore the trails, make new friends,
drink beer, and participate in what has
become one of the largest regular club
races in the world. worca.com
The Dirt Series clinics for
mountain bikers are held in Whistler,
Saturday-Sunday, July 25 – 26 (co-ed),
September 12 – 13 (co-ed), as well as
throughout BC, Alberta, Washington,
California, Utah and Oregon. Geared
at riders of all levels of ability, from
total beginners to intermediates
wanting to finesse their technique to
course junkies who just keep getting
better, the Whistler sessions take full
advantage of the calibre and variety of
terrain the resort boasts. dirtseries.com
La Ruta de los Conquistadores
bike race (November 2009) is billed as
the toughest mountain bike race on
the planet, starting on the shoreline of
the Pacific Ocean and traversing Costa
Rica’s mountain hinterland to finish
on the shores of the Caribbean. The
4-day stage race covers 360 km and
11,000 vertical metres over a mixture of
gravel, pavement and mud. There are
no qualifications required to enter—a
penchant for suffering is enough.
—L.R.
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medicine or handling minor emergencies. Because of Whistler’s
summer mountain biking and the skiing and snowboarding
activities, we tend to see a higher volume of accidents.” In addition
to Zeglinski’s patients, the Whistler Health Care Clinic provides
emergency care treating an average of 64 patients a day during the
summer for abrasions, lacerations, head injuries, fractures, broken
teeth and blunt abdominal trauma. “We do tend to push things to
the highest limits, here. We’re pushing the envelope of sports. But
that’s what makes Whistler a dynamic and exciting place. It’s just
also a little dangerous.”
All that action makes Whistler one of the best places to practice
sports medicine in Canada—resident doctors from Vancouver are
often sent into rotation at the Whistler Health Care Clinic because
of the volume of orthopedic injuries they will be exposed to. But
for physicians, it’s also one of the best places to balance work with
life, and to practice your own sport. After all, at a certain point, most
over-achieving types find that they’re hankering to get back into
the muck, off the sidelines and back into the action.
“Whistler is an incredibly dynamic place,” says Zeglinski. “It’s
a place that gives people permission to pursue an active healthy
lifestyle. It’s not about the quest for money, here. The perception,
often, I think, is that Whistler is glitzy and expensive and full of rich
people, but the core community is actually pretty working class.
They just happen to be living very enriched lives—lives that are rich
in experiences and sports and natural highs.”
Zeglinski laughs at her own tastes, coveting a new Santa Cruz
mountain bike worth more than her car. “But then, my car is pretty
old.” Given that she’s logging almost 20 hours a week on training
rides, no one in Whistler would question her priorities. “I think our
consumer culture has gone too far. Life isn’t about the fancy car.
Some physicians I try to recruit here don’t really get that.”
The Northlands Medical Clinic operates on a rapid access
model, and her waiting room is often filled with a mix of out-ofcountry visitors, higher income patients, and ski-bum types living
out of their vans. “It’s a non-gated community. It’s a community of
equals. And sports are the great equalizer. And that’s what makes
Whistler really special.”
It’s not just the dirt, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, the 400+
km of bike trails, the Toonie rides and the concentration of sports
medicine experts there to help you if you push your limits a little
too hard…but the glimpse at the transcendent that comes after a
gruelling hill-climb, or when you nail the log-ride across the river
on a “River Runs Through It” for the first time, or the flush of riding
with the pack through the trails, or the tingle of anticipation in your
belly when you enter your first race. It’s the high five you get from
a fellow rider at the end of your run, a rider who could as easily be
your lawyer, your future spouse or your dog-walker, and might very
well have a few medals stashed somewhere under their bed.
For Zeglinski, that tingle of anticipation is at its most electric
late July, when she saddles up to ride her second multi-day staged
mountain bike race, the Jeantex Trans-Alpes race, in which she and
her race partner, Austrian haematologist Lisa Pleyer (a fellow rookie
from La Ruta), will take on an eight-leg ride through the Alps from
Germany to Italy, over 600 km and a vertical gain of 19,500 metres.
She’s not riding to win. “Lisa and I have never actually ridden
together. I haven’t been racing at that level, so it’s not realistic to say
that we’re going with the intention of winning. I mean, Allison Sydor
and her partner will be there. But if we podium, that will be really
exciting. You train to the top of your ability, and I am training to win.
I am pushing myself to my limits. People choose their own limits. I
haven’t trained this hard in many years.”
Striving to be at the front of the pack just makes sense.
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tourism Portland; except bottom right: Lauren Kramer
green tracks: Finding the spirit of sustainability in this ultra-green city (CME events in Portland are highlighted in blue)
Widelyreferredtoas oneof thegreenest cities inthe
UnitedStates, Portland, Oregonhas cometopersonify
what it means tobeeco-conscious today. With568,000
residents, anoverwhelmingnumber of developers who
haveledthewayinLeadershipinEnergy& Environmental
Design(LEED)-certifiedbuildings, andaplethoraof chefs
committedtousingorganic, local ingredients, Portland
is theenvironmentallyfriendlytraveler’s answer toan
eco-conscious journey. If youtakesustainabilityseriously,
this is acitythat will inspire.
To Market, To Market Thecacophonyof colour at the
PortlandFarmers’ Market is enoughtolift thespirits even
beforethemorning’s coffeehas kickedin. Womenin
flowingsummer dresses walk throughthegrass withstraw
baskets as theyaccumulatethefarm-freshingredients for
theweek’s meals. Vendors sell fat slices of pesto-richpizza,
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apurityof product that makes it asimplepleasuretopart
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Discover The Pearl Onceanoldindustrial warehousingareathat has inrecent years beenreincarnatedinto
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Window-shopthroughkitchenboutiques, playagameof
pingpongintheLizardclothingstoreandtryadinner of
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Inexpensive Treasures TheReBuildingCenter inthe
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materials fromthosewhonolonger neededthem. Today
thecentreis abletodivert 10,000tonnes of material from
Oregon’s landfills daily, material that designers, artists,
builders andhomeowners sift throughinaneffort to
redecorateor renovatetheir homes at minimal cost. Some
items areheavilyweatheredbytimewhileothers look
brandnew. Funds accumulatedfromtheir saleareinvested
inthefunky, historicneighbourhoodthat surrounds the
centre, onewherecozycoffeehouses nudgeone-of-akindboutiques, andlargeportraits of local residents
aredisplayedonexterior walls. Tour this centreandyou
cannot helpbut feel inspiredbythewayPortlanders have
embracedeco-consciousness andincorporatedit intotheir
dailylives. —Lauren Kramer
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Open to new grads, new to Calgary and physicians in
transition.
For more information or to apply, contact:
Darlene Befus, Physician Recruitment Consultant
Department of Family Medicine
403-210-9232 or
[email protected]
Urban Locum Program
Interest in teaching and cross-cultural medicine
is required as we are a teaching practice of the
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considered for adjunct academic appointments to the
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make it mobile
A clean, tough solution for healthcare professionals
A
merican journalist H. L. Mencken,
regarded as one of the most
influential writers of the first half
of the 20th century, said that for every
problem there is a solution that is simple,
clean and wrong. Simple and clean may
have stuck, but when Panasonic introduced
its Toughbook CF-H1, as of November 2008
it was the world’s first fully-rugged mobile
clinical assistant device using the Intel Atom
processor, it got it totally right.
The next
generation
of mobile
technology for
the healthcare
market, the CF-H1
is a lightweight,
water-resistant,
shock and droptolerant mobile
clinical assistant
(MCA) device
which can be
easily disinfected
and meets the
highest demands
for mobility and
networking
within clinical
environments. It
allows doctors
and nursing staff
to benefit from
instant access
to medical
records at the
point-of-care, accurate
documentation on patient conditions and
medication, and enables greater efficiency
of clinical processes.
It’s the latest generation of MCA
technology says Karen Stover, National
Business Development Manager, “designed
by clinicians for clinicians in any medical or
healthcare professional field.”
“It runs a full Windows operating system
in a compact and lightweight design,” she
says. “It’s a tablet.”
A tablet with benefits.
Panasonic saw the potential for such
hardware: it saw the shortage of nurses
coupled with an aging population, and
extrapolated that a hardware solution
that could better use doctors’ and nurses’
time—while including all the unique
features needed to be used in a healthcare
setting—would become the mobile clinical
assistant of choice.
With various software solutions
available, what was needed was a tough,
clean, reliable hardware solution, and the
CF-H1 was borne.
The Canadian
government, she
says, is already
promoting
electronic
healthcare
records (EHR) and
want one system that
can be streamlined
province-to-province.
“Hardware
was a logical
complement to
EHR. We needed
to get a device
in the hands of
clinicians so they
can start clinical
computing.”
Panasonic
already had
tremendous success
in the rugged
product market
with its Toughbook
notebooks, keeping
the design, build, and
manufacture in-house.
“Panasonic is known for the Toughbook
brand. We had the name, story and history.
Healthcare was a logical progression. This
product improves the way healthcare
information is delivered as a service and a
system around the world.”
The CF-H1’s 10.4-inch LCD touch screen
can be written on with a stylus and the
tablet software allows you to convert
handwriting to typed text. You can save,
print, convert or even email notes.
The next generation of
mobile technology for
the healthcare market
“It is designed to improve workflow,”
says Stover.
It directly addresses the inherent risks
in the healthcare system by removing
inefficiencies, she explains. It’s designed
to be deployed at bedside by nurses and
physicians.
The healthcare features are extensive.
Authorized users must be verified via a
fingerprint scanner, which unlocks the
device that can then be carried by its
ergonomic handle into the patient’s room.
The scanner reads the patient’s wristband,
ensuring the right patient is receiving the
right bedside care.
“Medications are scanned, and patient’s
charts are updated directly onto the device.
A built-in two megapixel camera takes
photos as required, perhaps of a wound for
comparison purposes.
Back at the nursing station, the device
is cradled and can be connected to a real
keyboard if desired. However, it is fully
wireless and has a dual hot-swappable
battery system with a six-hour battery life
so there’s no need to power down to switch
batteries.
More so, the device is made to
withstand disinfection procedures and can
be wiped down with sanitized wipes.
“It has full infectious disease control,”
says Stover. “It’s fully sealed and fan-less.
There are no nooks and crannies for
bacteria. The CF-H1 runs no hotter at eight
hours than at start-up.”
A software utility cleaning tool asks if
the user wants to clean the device as soon
as it’s turned on or picked up from the
cradle. If the user says yes, the screen turns
red and won’t change colour until that area
is sanitized. If you miss a spot, you’ll see it. A
message tells users when the screen surface
has been 100 per cent wiped down.
The CF-H1 can withstand a three-foot
drop and is spill, dust and vibration-resistant.
“It can withstand the typical day-to-day
abuses that exist in a healthcare setting.”
The CF-H1 is now available and is being
piloted at various hospitals and long term
care facilities across Canada.
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OTTAWA, ON – 70:30 split for family medicine practice
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REGINA, SK – Family physician required to join busy Quance
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SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC - Solo practice available. Amazing
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Dr. Sean Bagshaw is described by a colleague as “a talented ICU physician, exceptional researcher,
husband and father, athletic dude, quite travelled…AND a great office buddy.” A few of his favourite things:
ocean swim races in Australia, craft-brewed pale ale, Franz Ferdinand, the iPhone, and a surf-board rug…
My name: Sean Bagshaw
I live and practise in:
Edmonton, Alberta
My training: …has consumed
too many years—BA in
Kinesiology at the University
of Western Ontario (1996), MD
at the University of Calgary
(2000), Internal Medicine/
Critical Care residency at the
University of Calgary (2005), MSc
in Epidemiology at the University
of Calgary (2005), Post-Doctoral
Fellowship at the Austin Hospital,
Melbourne, Australia (2007)
sojourn to Prague, Czech
Republic
My must-see TV show: The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The most exotic place I’ve
travelled: …was the upper
Zambezi River in Zimbabwe,
camping and travelling by canoe
My favourite music: Franz
Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand
The best souvenir I’ve brought
back from a trip: …was a surf
board rug from Australia for our
front hall
A favourite place that I keep
returning to: …is the Great
Ocean Road in Lorne, Australia
My ultimate dream vacation:
…would be diving
in Indonesia or a
great white shark
expedition in
Adelaide, Australia
(however, my wife
has unwaveringly
and repeatedly
vetoed the latter)
If I could travel
to any time, I’d
go to: …Berlin,
November 9,
1989
Why
I was drawn to medicine:
…to Critical Care—because of its
balance between high-intensity
and need for humility
My last trip: …was a brief
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My favourite
book:
…for fiction—Barney’s
Version, Mordecai Richler; for nonfiction—The Weather Makers, Tim
Flannery; and, of course, Harry
Potter…
My favourite movie: Almost
Famous
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July/August 2009
My first job: …was as a summer
camp counsellor
art of pillow appreciation
A talent I wish I had: …is the
ability to speak several languages
My scariest moment:
…was the births of my children
My fondest memory:
…my wedding
The gadget or gear I could not
do without: gadget, iPhone;
gear, running shoes
A big challenge I’ve faced:
My favourite room at home:
…is our recently renovated
basement playroom
The word that best describes
me: …is focused
…has to be being a father
My car: …is a 2008 Lexus
RX400h
I’m inspired by: …my son’s
unyielding and genuine curiosity
My last splurge: …was a
Garmin GPS training watch
I’m happiest when: …I’m with
my family
Most-frequented store: …is
clearly iTunes
My greatest fear is: …failure
My closet has too many: …of
my wife’s shoes
My fridge is always stocked
with: …a variety of craft-brewed
bottles of pale ale
My medicine cabinet is always
stocked with: …an ample
supply of acetaminophen
My guilty pleasure is: …
expensive coffee
My favourite exercise/
activity: …are to swim/bike/run
My favourite sport to watch:
…is hockey during the play-offs
My secret to relaxing and
relieving tension: …to sleep or,
at the very least, to engage in the
A cause close to my heart:
…is climate change.
Something I haven’t done yet
that’s on my must-do list:
…is to travel to all 7 continents
If I wasn’t a doctor I’d be: …an
architect
clockwise from top left
A tired Dr. Bagshaw at
the end of an ocean swim
in Brighton, Austalia; Dr.
Bagshaw making snow
angels with his son; Dr.
Bagshaw’s wife and
son enjoying a plate of
culatello at Trattoria al
Pompiere in Verona, Italy;
Dr. Sean Bagshaw with
his wife in Cuba.
courtesy Dr. sean bagshaw
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