Canadian Medical Association

Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1964; psychiatry. Died May 2, 2020, aged 79, of complications related to Parkinson’s disease and COVID-19. Survived by his wife Karen, 3 children and 1 grandchild. “Jim had a lifelong interest in public and current affairs, and was elected as the member of provincial parliament for the riding of Humber for 3 terms. He served as parliamentary assistant to the ministers of Community and Social Services, Colleges and Universities, and for Ontario’s Anti-Drug Strategy. As a physician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, he served as director of psychiatry at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital. He was also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and psychiatrist-in-chief at the University of Toronto Student Health Services. Jim developed a special interest in developing countries in the Caribbean, and organized leading trade and medical delegations that visited there. He subsequently became fluent in Spanish, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Havana, where he assisted in the reintroduction of the study and practice of psychoanalysis in Cuba. As a psychiatrist, his specific focuses were on parenting, children and community care, including practising in remote Aboriginal communities.”

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