Michael Clark is an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
I think it is time that pediatricians and other physicians who care for children weigh in on the subject of Omar Khadr. This young man, pushed by family into al-Qaeda as a 13 year old, clearly meets the United Nations definition of a child soldier. A boy so young is not developmentally ready to understand the implications of ...continue reading
Normand Carrey is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
I feel sad for the families of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who were killed on October 20 and 22 in Quebec city and Ottawa, respectively. I equally feel sad for the countless other grieving families left up picking the pieces after a loved one is killed by someone where mental health issues are suspected.
After the murder of Corporal Cirillo, US Senator John Kerry wasted no time in flying to Ottawa before any analysis could take place as he announced without any doubt that these were pure unmitigated acts of terrorism. A cottage industry of TV pundits was trotted out to tell us that now we have something else to fear –self radicalization in vulnerable youth and the home-grown or lone wolf terrorist. It was good to hear, however, in the subsequent week, public debate with many callers reminding the experts about the role of mental health in such tragedies. Why did the media and politicians neglect to include in their debate and analysis of recent events other just as horrifying acts? Where was the mention of ...continue reading