I’m as mad as hell. The last few day the media has been replete with stories about the finding of 215 unmarked graves buried at the “Canadian” Residential School in Kamloops run by the Catholic Church. As a Canadian citizen, I am shocked, stunned, aghast: I cannot find the word to truly describe my disgust to the news of this horror. I am not really surprised however and expect this figure will rise as other residential schools are investigated.
The residential school system was started in colonial New France (now Quebec) by Roman Catholic missionaries in 1817 to convert “barbaric Indians” into Catholic believers. This is 50 years before Canada became a country in 1867. In that year, the Canadian government introduced the “Indian Act” to culturally and territorially disenfranchise the Indians, financially supporting but leaving the administration to both predominantly Catholic and Anglican churches until 1996 when the last school closed.
During those 129 years, 150,000 Indian, Métis, and in Inuit children between the ages of four and 16 attended 139 Indian residential schools with more than a “reported” 4,100 dying while in the care of those two churches. This death rate of approximately 4% is double the 2% found in outside society. Those children who lived and died suffered horrific physical abuse: strapping, “cat-o-nine-tails, beaver snare traps, rape, malnutrition, humiliation, sanitary and ventilation problems, inadequate diet, clothing and medical care and other atrocities.
The 1907 Bryce Report stated, “24% of all the 40 people who attended one school were known to be dead” and at the File Hills reserve in Saskatchewan, 75% of the students had died in the first 16 years of school operation. 59% of all alumni, almost all women died from tuberculosis.
Given the “power and responsibility” these churches had, it naturally follows they had “accountability” for their actions. To the credit of the Anglican Church, they issued an apology to the survivors in 1993. The Pope acknowledged the sexual abuse by the hands of the clergy in Chile and the decade of sexual abuse by priests in Ireland but refused to apologize for the Churches Residential School “sick” maltreatment in Canada.
Unlike his father, I fear the existing “politically and whatever is currently socially correct, vote getting son,” will take total financial and emotional responsibility for the damages they inflicted on fellow Canadians, while the Anglican and especially the Catholic Churches will hide behind God and his “mysterious ways”.
I used to be proud of being a Canadian and refuse to be “tarred and feathered” by the innuendo of “Canadian Residential School.” Let’s call it by the true moniker, “Catholic and Anglican Run” Residential Schools. You can either stand up and be counted or be one of the “sheople. Let me hear your thoughts.
White and Red Lives Madder
I read where the Yucatán NewsMagazine states that Carnivale Cruise Line will be docking again in Progreso in July of this year. It also mentions that its crew of 1,386 have been vaccinated against COVID, but the 3,690 passengers are not required to do so. I suspect most of the passengers are in the high risk older, white-haired age group.
Every disease control group in the world stresses the greatest risk factor for transmission of the virus is large indoor groups, usually larger than 5 or 6, not 5,076, eating in enclosed confines three times a day. The 3,690 high risk passengers will be wandering throughout Progreso and Merida, visiting the cenotes and Mayan ruins mingling with tens of thousands of Mexicans and other visitors.
I understand the economic need for the cruise lines to get back into the business as well as the economic need for Progreso and surroundings to have its return of tourists. BUT the Economic Benefit/COVID Risk cannot be justified, especially since it appears all countries visited do not have the virus under an acceptable degree of control. This decision is a disaster waiting to happen.
As a minimum criteria, all cruise-ships should not be allowed to enter any country unless the entire crew and all the passengers have received complete vaccinations.
White Hairs Madder
Dentists are the highest risk group in the world for contracting the Covid and any other virus passing by. You are at greater risk than paramedics and respirologists in the hospital. (1) But unlike the latest heroes, hospital front line workers, you are disliked and vilified because the public thinks you make too much money.
If as a Dentist you’re worried about your future, you have good reason. If you have reopened your practice, you know already you are not as productive. Many are estimating a decrease in revenues of anywhere from 30 to 50%. You know your expenses are going up. A full set of PPE’s including shields, gloves, N95 masks (if you can even get them), and head covering, will cost you another $50 per patient. The value of your practice has dropped and the ”powers that be” want you to invest more money into equipment and structural changes.
But all is not lost; you do have choices, although most are “between a rock and a hard place.” If you would like to face the hard truths, please contact me.
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Your Successes give you Confidence; your Failures give you Wisdom; a little bit of Luck helps as well.
No matter what you are undertaking, you need Confidence and Wisdom to be successful. Confidence without Wisdom will lead you to make stupid mistakes. Wisdom without Confidence leads to a life of frustration. As well, good and bad Luck can determine the degree of Success or Failure.
I have made $1,000,000 five times my life and lost it five times. Many would call me unlucky. I put it down mainly to poor timing (aka Luck) and lack of Wisdom (aka stupidity). Fortunately I’ve had the Confidence to make that million dollars back four times, (aka Creativity and Perseverance) and am presently starting on my fifth million.
I have gone bankrupt three times. Many people would call me a bad businessman and they would be correct. I’d rather call it naivety and a lack of Wisdom in the area of business management.
Timing and Luck tend to go together. If you have the Wisdom to understand the herd mentality of sheeple, recognize the cyclic nature of world events, and the Confidence to make major decisions, you can frequently foretell when the bubble is about to burst (aka buy low and sell high).
There is little to be said positively about old age except hopefully attaining Wisdom and the Confidence to trust your decisions.
The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, (CDSBC), has finally released guidelines allowing you to perform Category A, B and C procedures. You have probably closed your practice since the stop work order in mid-March and are anxious to reopen. Like others, you are still unsure exactly what changed protocols are required, the structural changes necessary for your office, and what additional supplies and equipment you will have to purchase.
Many patients are already fearful of potential pain and cost when going to the dentist. They now have the added fear of contracting the COVID virus while at your dental office.
In the past, you have been quite resourceful in offering dentistry to the public, not only safely and efficiently but also in an affordable manner. Expected protocols in office procedure are expected to result in decreased productivity and efficiency resulting in greatly decreased gross revenues.
Expected costs in remodelling your office, the purchase of additional equipment and the use of additional PPE will result in an increase in your fixed and variable expenses.
The unknown degree of reduced productivity and additional expenses may have left you unsure how this will affect the financial viability of your business. In many cases, estimated changes in revenues and expenses may put some out of business and others into bankruptcy.
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My name is Dr. Harold Bergman. During my first 30 years of life, I earned three University recognized degrees, a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Oral Surgery and Anaesthesia and Masters Degree in Oral Pathology.
Over my 61 year career as a Dentist and Oral Surgeon, I used my creativity to design, manufacture and bring to market over 5 successful dental implant systems and numerous other allied products.
For over 30 years as an internationally recognized lecturer and educator of Dentists, Denturists and Veterinarians, I authored over 100 scientific and technical publications, published a textbook for Veterinarians, “Dental Implants for Small Animals”, as well as produced close to 30 online training courses recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, for dental and veterinary professionals .
On the lighter side, I published a book of poetry entitled, “The Heart Sees Things the Eyes Cannot” and recently my first novel, “When the Dream Becomes a Nightmare”.
I have made $1,000,000 five times my life and lost it five times. Many would call me unlucky. I put it down mainly to poor timing (aka luck) and lack of Wisdom (aka stupidity). Fortunately I’ve had the Confidence to make that million dollars back four times, (aka Creativity and Perseverance) and am presently starting on my fifth million.
I have gone bankrupt three times. Many people would call me a bad businessman and they would be correct. I call it lack of Wisdom in the area of business management.
I believe my 84 years of varied experiences in academia, business, dentistry, teaching, creativity and life in general, well qualifies me to provide SIMPLI Simpler Solutions for many problems, especially those encountered in dentistry and implant dentistry.