Monthly Archives: August, 2014

Media criticism shorthand

There are proofreading symbols. Movie critics have one-to-five-stars and thumbs-up/thumbs-down rating systems. Now, Toronto illustrator, writer and queen of Venn diagrams Sarah Lazarovic has come up with shorthand for media criticism. It’s suitable for use with all subject matter, but has a couple of medical-specific symbols:

media criticism symbols

Another medically-themed selfie…

death selfie… that is making the rounds on Facebook. It’s actually from René of Châlon’s commemorative cenotaph in the church of St. Etienne in Bar-le-Duc. (And he’s actually holding his heart in his hand.)~TM



Who’s federal health minister this week?


Joe Oliver, Finance Minister (pinch-hits for Health Minister)

Joe Oliver! Whose website says he’s actually Finance Minister!

Oliver’s office (or the Finance department, anyway) sent a “media advisory/photo opportunity” news release today, alerting reporters having trouble finding actual news, that on Friday, Oliver is going to “participate in a demonstration of digital health tools in use at Sunnybrook. He will then present Sunnybrook with a national award recognizing its leadership in innovation in digital health.”


“The Minister will be joined by John Carmichael, MP, Don Valley West, Barry McLellan, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway” for a grip-and-grin and will be available for questions afterward. (Carmichael will be there because Sunnybrook is actually in his riding.) Continue reading →

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