The Worst Case: Critical Care Triage in Ontario

By Andrew Appleton / April 13, 2021 /

As the third wave continues to put more Ontarians into hospitals and ICUs, it is now conceivable that we could soon be faced with a worst-case scenario: invoking Ontario’s Critical Care Triage protocol. Everyone in Ontario needs to understand what this means. We are all one illness or accident away from being at its mercy.…

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Why lockdowns feel amoral

By Andrew Appleton / April 7, 2021 /

The government has issued another “stay-at-home order” in Ontario. In my view, it is excessive, overly restrictive, and will result in more harm than good. Today, I am mostly interested in how government imposed restrictions make us feel. When you have an immediately intense feeling about something, positive or negative, your intuition gives you an…

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This is it. This is what we get.

By Andrew Appleton / April 2, 2020 /

In times of struggle our minds rebel. We think things should be different and lament them not meeting our expectations. We ruminate on the past, wondering why we didn’t see this coming, or at least prepare for it. We look to the future and see nothing but a bleak horizon, with little hope. We do…

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You can’t control everything. That’s OK.

By Andrew Appleton / April 1, 2020 /

We all like to be in control. We wonder why people don’t see things our way. We feel it’s unfair when the world seems to be against us. The problem here is not someone or something else, it’s us.  The stoic philosophers, like Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus, wrote about the dichotomy of control. Essentially, they direct…

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