Francois Mai’s Truth

You’d think, after practicing medicine in the field of psychiatry, being Director of the Department of Psychiatry at the Ottawa General Hospital, and advising the federal government on medical issues, as well as being a professor at Queen’s University, Professor Francois Mai might have earned a retirement in which he might sit back and reflect on a wonderful life. But that’s not what happened. Instead, he began to write.

Perhaps you have noticed how many people are riding bicycles these days. You might be thinking “Gee that looks like fun. I remember that feeling; the fresh air, the sense of freedom.” But…it has been a while and you aren't sure that you are ready. It seemed simpler before, but now there is more traffic, a few aches and pains, and more things to consider.

Hooray! Hooray! It’s nearly May!

With time zipping, May 5 will be here in the blink of an eye and, once again, we’ll be grabbing our re-usable shopping bags and heading down to the corner of Menzies and Superior to pick up where we left off at the James Bay Market.

Then and Now: Johnson Street Bridge

Songhees plank houses once lined the shore along Pallastsis. Today we know this as Songhees Point. It lies on the west side of the harbour just northwest of the narrows spanned by the Johnson Street bridge. Pallastsis,  or Place of Cradles, is sacred for the Songhees.

Bad breath. Often resembling the smell of rotten eggs, mixed with a hint of fermented food. It’s warm, moist, close to your face and truly putrid. Thanks Fluffy. Unpleasant to stay the least, bad breath can also be a tell tail sign of something worse for your pet; periodontal disease.