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Alan Cassels is a researcher and author.

Editor’s Note: Health journalist and author Alicia Priest died on Jan. 13, 2015, three years after receiving a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She documented her experience with ALS for CMAJ; was the last article she ever wrote. Alan Cassels writes here about his former neighbour, friend and colleague.

I met Alicia fifteen years ago when she interviewed me for a major story she was working on for Vancouver’s Georgia Straight about the world of prescription drug information. The resulting piece — entitled “Possible Side Effects” —showed a huge graphic on the cover of a nurse cracking open a giant capsule, alongside the words “As many as 10,000 Canadians die each year from medications doctors say will help. What’s going on?” ...continue reading


Domhnall MacAuley is a CMAJ Associate Editor and a professor of primary care in Northern Ireland, UK


Driving across France yesterday, “Je suis Charlie” was everywhere. As I skirted Paris, every exit sign on the Peripherique flashed “Je suis Charlie” with instructions on how to access the city centre and where to park. Every radio programme discussed the march. Every small town and village showed their support. Just over 3.7 million people took part in Paris alone, and there were other major gatherings throughout the country in addition to widespread international support. Not everyone necessarily agreed with the content of “Charlie Hebdo” (circulation about 60 000), but they were demonstrating solidarity with the victims and in support of freedom of the press. ...continue reading