BC AUTHOR TAKES BOOK TO ONTARIO
BC author, Hazel Magnussen, will be visiting Ontario in late October/early November to promote her book, A Doctor’s Calling: A matter of conscience. Magnussen has written about the life and death of her brother, Dr. Douglas George Snider, and his efforts to ensure quality medical care for his community in the Alberta Peace country. Since its launch in May, this book has been selling quickly in northern Alberta where people are eager to learn more about the 1999 tragedy that shook their community and continues to capture media attention.
Reviewers note and Magnussen stresses that the story is also of national importance. She writes:
My brother and I shared a passion for our work in health care and knew that taking a stand for what we believed came at a cost. In the end, Doug paid with his life. In my search for meaning and hope in this tragedy, I am compelled to defend my brother’s honor and advocate for reform in the two social systems that play integral roles in this account- the medical regulatory and the criminal justice systems.
Preface, A Doctor’s Calling: A matter of conscience
Magnussen will share her story on October 25 at the second annual conference of the Canadian Association for Victim Assistance at Novotel Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario. In her presentation, Reinforcing and Clarifying the Message: Is anyone listening? Magnussen will review her experience and lessons learned in advocating for criminal justice reform.
Magnussen will also be giving the opening address at the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons November 2 gathering that will hear reports of the Physicians with Disruptive Behavior Initiative. Magnussen has been lobbying medical licensing authorities to address the problem of disruptive, bullying behavior by physicians. The Ontario initiative is an important step toward much needed regulatory reform.