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Unique Fundraising At Its Finest


From Tom Megginson…

No, she’s not one of those dolls. “Simone” is a Sim — a sophisticated patient simulator used to train medical residents at the Ottawa Hospital, in the capital of Canada.

The Ottawa Hospital Skills and Simulation Centre needs more types of these training models, and they’ve come up with an unusual way to do it: They’ve set up an Aviva Community Fund page to raise public support for their bid for more than $100,000 in Corporate Social Responsibility grants from Aviva Insurance.

The Aviva Community Fund competition allows individual Canadians to put forward project ideas for improving their communities through Aviva funding. This one was proposed by Ingrid Gingras, Partnership and Outreach Specialist at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. And instead of just asking for the money, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation has developed a whole story about “Simone”:

Although loving her role as a patient simulator, Simone the female simulation mannequin is lonely. With your votes, we will be able to purchase an additional adult simulator – the SimMan, and an infant simulator – the SimBaby. These simulators would provide infinite learning scenarios for our residents (and would give Simone the companionship she deserves). Together, the Sim family would enable medical students and skilled physicians to develop new medical procedures and evaluate the latest innovations in patient care in a controlled environment where mistakes are part of the learning process and are of no risk to patients. 

Vote for our project and help us bring the Sim Family together!

There is even a WordPress blog to play out Simone’s backstory:

You know when you want something so badly but it never happens? That’s sort of how I feel about my love life. I’ve spent too much time watching others fall in love around me and haven’t spent enough time on finding my person.

“She” is currently asking for dating advice:

Holy bananas, I’m going on a date! What to wear?! It’s an emergency. A real-life simulation mannequin emergency. My favourite pink dress is definitely not the ideal outfit this time of year, but it’s what I’m most comfortable wearing. Isn’t that one of the dating codes: wear something comfortable? Help!

My heart is pounding so hard and if I could squeal with delight I certainly would, but squealing isn’t part of my simulation options.

Could this really be it? The moment I’ve been waiting for all this time? My person, my Simmate, my… Manny?

It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time.  I think this is when I’ll need your Matchmaker help – to get me through these dating jitters, deal with this emotional rollercoaster, and make our love happen.

It’s a little weird, but then again perhaps weird is what it takes for a hospital foundation to compete for crowdsourced CSR funding. Personally, I would rather have my tax dollars paying for this (it’s Canada, after all!) but I am aware that in my cash-strapped province of Ontario, public healthcare providers are scrambling for dollars anywhere they can find them.

Good luck, Simone. You do important work.









Ottawa Hospital Foundation

Aviva Community Fund (campaign page)
The Ottawa Hospital Facebook Page


Originally appeared in oscoscio.org


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I Hate To Say I Told You So…


From United States Corespondent Gibbs Burke…

Almost two months after the signing of the health care reform plan the economic repercussions have already started to surface. We were told all these wonderful facts about how the bill would reduce the deficit, cost less, and cover more Americans. This facade was just a hypocritical ploy to convince Americans the bill would benefit them. Like most legislation however, the backlash seems to be harming more Americans then the bill is helping. 

The corporate healthcare plans that have dominated American coverage since World War II are in jeopardy of becoming extinct. Immediately after the bill was passed, major US corporations declared large losses. In retaliation, the Democrats threatened the CEO’s by summoning them to Washington to grill them on their actions. It was also demanded they turn over all internal documents regarding the new health care bill. AT&Tand Verizon were among these corporations that declared as much as a one billion dollar loss due to the new health care bill.

After reviewing the documents and understanding that these corporations were only following the letter of the law (a corporation must make public to its share holders profits and expenses), the Democratic committee revoked its threat, and quietly walked away from the situation. It has now resurfaced stronger and more powerful then ever.

Recent documents turned over to the Democratic committee from AT&T reveal the ultimate consequences of the bill. AT&T by denying coverage to its employees can post a profit of 4.1 billion dollars. AT&T is not the only corporation thinking about denying health care coverage. Many corporations will be considering the cost to profit ratio, and come September do not be surprised if you find yourself shopping for health care.

So while the Democrats admit that the projected numbers were wrong, our phone bills are doubling we’re shopping for health insurance. Who will take the responsibility for it? I’m sure it won’t be Obama, because things just slip off him like a Louisiana Oil Spill. Just remember… I told you so.


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Sarah Palin on Canadian Health Care


j0400813From David Anthony Hohol…

One of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s most enduring television comedies, “This Hour has 22 Minutes” gained headlines recently, when given a quote by the Republic Party porfessoinal celebrity Sarah Palin. Palin, who’s quickly become one of the most famous politicians on the planet, was approached by CBC comedian Mary Walsh while playing her beloved character Marg Delahunty.

At a book signing in Ohio for Palin’s new memoir “Going Rogue,” Walsh did a little gonzo ambush Michael Moore style comedy.

“We told her we’re from Canada, and we’re just looking for a few words of encouragement for the Canadian conservatives who have worked so tirelessly to destroy the socialized medicare that we have. She told us to keep the faith, something like that, and said we’re all trying for the same thing,” Walsh said.

Palin refused to take questions during the book signing, in and of itself a bizarre move.

Walsh was then forcefully removed from the book signing. Undeterred, she remained outside and in character near Sarah Palin’s bus. When Palin emerged from the bookstore she said, “Hey, remember us, we’re the Canadians! We came all the way here from Canada! When we asked you that question, we didn’t hear your answer.”

Unexpectedly, Palin walked over to Walsh and looking through an iron barred fence from atop the loading dock in back of the store said, “Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit.”

For all of Canada’s health care issues, and there are plenty to discuss, at least there aren’t millions of people dying every year because they are refused the care they need to simply stay alive. This happens in the United States, year in and year out, in exchange for a lower taxed populace and more profit for the aforementioned private sector. The socialized medical coverage in countries like Canada, France and the UK, however, is not welcome by many Americans. At their core, those who oppose such a system feel no responsibility to look out for all, but only themselves.

“It was great fun, but also very strange. We’re in a bookstore, at a public event, in a place one would think was a bastion of free speech. And no one was allowed to ask questions. What are they afraid of?” Walsh later asked.

Most likely, Palin’s handlers want her on a firm leash at all times. They know full well she needs to be rehearsed and prepped at all times, so as not to repeat the many gaffes she’s carried out in the past. She has no real policies and rarely takes a firm stand on anything, only going rogue with off the cuff statements that reveal her extreme limitations as a lawmaker of any kind. For the former beauty queen, however, her folksy humor and down home realness is her ultimate weapon. She is the most significant politician of insignificance to come along in years and despite being what many refer to as incapable, she has legions of followers. A run in 2012 is likely, a victory within her own a party… who knows? If not, maybe afterwards she’ll immigrate to Canada.



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Jon Stewart on Health Care


There seems to be two sides to America’s health care debate; those who want to figure out a way to make it better and those who don’t even want to talk about it. For some, government run health care is too expensive and too communist-like to even consider. The problem is, as Jon Stewart reveals, America already has such a system and it’s the very best the U.S has to offer. That being the case, the country’s civilian populace, according to conservative pundits, doesn’t deserve it.


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Picturing RELATIVITY- see all photos


  • CANADA: AN EXPAT HEAVEN With our ever shrinking global village, migratory work patterns are becoming more and more a part of people’s lives. Work in one country, summer in another, then try yet another. Thinking about it? Canada, Australia and Thailand are the best places to do
  • NO KIDDING, CONDOLEEZA! In a video at the recently opened George W. Bush Library, Condoleeza Rice confirms Bush was both aware and condoned torture. Guess there’s no need to lie your asses off anymore, is there Dipshit?
  • NO MATTER WHAT, IT'S WORTH IT With its Tex-Mex menu, Taco Bell is one of the most popular fat-food chains in America. No matter what happens after you eat it..
  • TURKISH AUTISTIC ATHIESTS “Autistic children do not know believing in God because they do not have a section of faith in their brains,” claims a renowned Turkish Sociologist. Gotta love nut-jobs, like this asshole! They’re so entertaining!



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