Author Archives: John Sloan

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.

Anh and Chi, Vancouver

  January 2017 This place just north of the newly-gentrifying mid-Main corridor has apparently been taken over by young family members from the original chef of years gone by. It’s accessible, colloquial, classy, and sexy all at once. We had … Continue reading

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Days Without End. Sebastian Barry.

Barry, Sebastian. Days Without End. Penguin, New York, 2016. F; 1/18. I’ve hit a vein of Irish writers lately, and I’m sure that country can claim literary gold out of proportion to is population: Joyce, Yeats, Shaw, Goldsmith, Swift, others. … Continue reading

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Ask For Luigi, Vancouver

January 2018 This little place reminded me of the MacKenzie Room, perched on a corner in a similar neighbourhood. Approaching it, I walked on the road briefly to avoid a homeless person’s elaborate structure on the sidewalk. Luigi is pitched … Continue reading

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Infinite Home, Kathleen Alcott.

Alcott, Kathleen. Infinite Home. Penguin Random House New York, 2015. F;12/17. I read a short piece by this young author in an issue of Tin House (Volume 19, Number 1) and liked her candid style. In place of the arch … Continue reading

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Cafe Nervosa, Toronto.

March 2017 Not by its name a place you would choose to have lunch. The Nervous Café. Or bipolar, or psychotic, or depressed. No, this place is psychologically clean as a whistle: unaffected Italian happiness in the middle of Toronto, … Continue reading

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All True Not a Lie In It. Alix Hawley.

Hawley, Alix. All True Not a Lie In It. Knopf Canada, Toronto. 2015. F;12/17. This pretty young Canadian author caught my interest (because of her writing) in an issue (vol 19 #1) of literary periodical Tin House which I picked … Continue reading

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Spinasse, Seattle.

December 2017 After our big night out at Canlis, it was a certain kind of relief to enjoy this informal and very reasonably-priced Italian trattoria. It’s almost unmarked, with a small sign on the window, and as soon as you … Continue reading

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