The dirty little secret behind electric cars

Don't be fooled by the claims of the pro-electric car camp – our best bet for low-emissions vehicles is still natural gas

The dirty little secret behind electric carsDoes the car of the future really need to be electric to be environmentally responsible? On a recent trip to Hawaii, the car service sent a beautiful Tesla to pick us up at the airport. The driver told us how proud he was to be driving a “zero-emissions” vehicle. This prompted me to ask him…

Frankenfood follies put world at peril

GMOs may be the only way to avoid catastrophic global water and food shortages

Frankenfood follies put world at perilDownload this column for your publication or website VICTORIA, BC Jun 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The UN’s annual World Water Development Report, published in March, warned that unless the balance between demand and supplies is restored the world will face a “global water deficit” of 40 per cent by 2030. Two weeks ago, protestors…

Alberta Health Services new performance reporting system not much better than the old one

The same junk data but in a different package

Alberta Health Services new performance reporting system not much better than the old oneCALGARY, AB, Jan 30, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Alberta Health Services (AHS), which released its newly redesigned performance reporting system on Wednesday, says the new system "follows several months of planning and consultation with stakeholders, including clinicians, which led to a decision to streamline previously reported performance measures so they are easier to understand and…

Long-term care funding model a deeply-flawed mess

Alberta is shifting to a patient/care-based funding model to reduce waiting lists but it won’t work

Long-term care funding model a deeply-flawed messCALGARY, AB, Jan 14, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Provincial governments across Canada are facing increasing public demands for more long-term care beds. Alberta is resisting these demands. Instead, it's overhauling the long-term care system and making better use of existing beds. "It’s doing this by changing the way it pays long-term care homes, shifting to…

Draft report on improving health care a waste of money

Time to go back to the drawing board

Draft report on improving health care a waste of moneyFebruary 1, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Feb. 1, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Thank you, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), for the opportunity to respond to the draft report Better Information for Improved Health: A Vision for Health System Use of Information in Canada. Your report lays the ground work for how health information will be…

The dirty little secret of employee surveys

They're junk science

The dirty little secret of employee surveysJanuary 16, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 16, 2013/ Troy Media/ - Each year, hundreds of thousands of people, employees from the executive suite to the front lines, are asked to complete an employee survey. Almost a billion dollars worth of engagement surveys are sold in North America each year. The case for improving employee engagement…

Management-speak I could do without in 2013

10 years ago, Deloitte Consulting released a software program that calculated a 'BS' index for Word documents. It didn't work

Management-speak I could do without in 2013January 1, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 1, 2013/ Troy Media/ - It's a new year. I don't know why that feels so special: after all, it's just another day on the calendar. Yet, it brings with it a renewed sense of optimism. More than anything else, I am looking forward to understanding what people are…