Health Care, Policy, and Law

WALKING A KILOMETRE IN WOODEN SHOES

Understanding Euthanasia Policies in Cultural Context

More than ten years ago, the Dutch parliament legislated a permissive regime of euthanasia for capable Dutch residents. This report examines aspects of Dutch culture relevant to end-of-life decision-making in the Netherlands and considers whether Dutch end-of-life practice can be exported outside of its culture context.

Substitute Decisions

It has long been possible to appoint an attorney to make financial and property decisions on behalf of an individual while the individual is alive and retains mental capacity. But our population is aging, people are living longer but sometimes compromised lives, and decision-making has become more complex with greater options to choose from. This document is an excerpt from a chapter in a legal textbook, explaining both the legal and healthcare implications of substitute decision-making.

Saving the Mind's Grace

Use of Memory Triggers in Dementia

At this point in time, there is little that can be done to stop a decline in mental faculties caused by dementia; however, there are interventions that can provide comfort and perhaps slow memory loss. This paper looks at memory books—a collection of photographs, clippings, histories, and more—and considers how they may be an aid in coping with dementia.


Photography, Storytelling, and Digital Asset Management

WOMEN MAKING IT HAPPEN IN PHOTO AND VIDEO

The story of women in photography has not yet reached its happy ending, but the plot is progressing on an optimistic note. We’re seeing signs that women are shaping photography for themselves, finding a way to live their passion for photography in ways that suit them. This series profiles women who are currently “making it happen” in photography and video.

Visual Storytelling

We’re a storytelling species. Whether it’s cave art, cuneiform tablets, scrolls, pamphlets, books, glossy magazines, newspapers, or broadcasts, we cluster our information for sharing as stories. This series explores how we use long-form visual narratives to connect with others, influence change, and educate. See also Pics or It Didn't Happen! Making Memory and Meaning in the Age of Overload.

Digital Asset Management for Everyone

The great thing about digital photography is you can take lots of photographs without worrying about costs. The challenging thing about digital photography is you can take lots of photographs. Organization and sanity are possible. This series guides you in building and using a powerful system to manage your digital chaos.



Other Samples of Work

Montecristo Travels

Production Editor: Copy editing weekly blogs; editing children's books, designing layout, and managing publication of English and French editions; developing and maintaining corporate style; and managing digital assets.

Handwashing

Soap it off now or eat it later

Document Design: Information poster to educate a general audience about the importance of handwashing and how to do it. Companion poster created for men's washroom. (content, design, image editing)

Graduated Credit Card*

Document Design: Sell sheet introducing a graduated credit card. Advertising sheet also created. (concept, content, design, image editing)

*Fictitious company


Publications

BOOKS AND BOOK SECTIONS

“Powers of Attorney” in AH Oosterhoff, Oosterhoff on Wills and Succession, 7th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2011); 6th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2007) 925-978; 5th ed. (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2001) 857-935. Reviewed by W Griesdorf, (2002) 21 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 173-176 at 175.

with NJ Best, Willing and Able: A Practical Guide to Powers of Attorney in Ontario, 2nd ed. (Belleville: Essence Publ, 2004), 168 pages; legal editor for 1st edition, published in 1998.

Catholic Health Association of Canada, Health Ethics Guide (Ottawa: Catholic Health Association of Canada, 2000), legal editor, 120 pages.

with RM Solomon, “The Changing Health Care Environment” and “Overview of Health Law” in SB Kidd, ed, A Physician’s Legal Manual (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 1996) 3-12.

with RM Solomon, A Legal Survival Guide for Social Workers (Toronto: Family Service Ontario, 1996), 48 pages.

PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS

with M Rowell, “Shared Leadership: The Freedom to Do Bioethics,” (2004) 16(4) HEC Forum 296-315.

“Alice’s Wonderland: Authority of an Attorney for Property to Amend a Beneficiary Designation,” (2002) 22 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 16-42.

Case Comment on Public Guardian and Trustee v Duggan (Ont. C.A.), (1999) 19 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 10-12.

“When ‘Closest’ Isn’t Close Enough” Case Comment on Public Guardian and Trustee v Duggan (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)) (1999) 18 Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal 219-226.

BOOK REVIEWS

Book Review of Canadian Health Law and Policy by J Downie and T Caulfield, eds. (1999) 32 Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons 428.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

with RM Solomon, Healthcare Law and Policy Casebook, 5th and 6th eds for upper-year law students, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1995, 1996), 234 pages. Supportive funding received through a writing grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario.