Archive for March, 2003


Strange how they are telling
us that this illness is not airborne
but 88 people in a single apartment building
in China have caught the disease from each other.

Things that make you go hmmm…

March 31. Monday.

The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak part 2.

The name itself fails to instill confidence in our health care system. I mean only one of the four words actually means anything at all, they should just have called it RT for Respiratory Thing instead of coming up with a “non-name” for it. I personally think they could have done better than they did anyway, lets say it could have been Significant Oral Respiratory Epidemic Syndrome (SORES) or Contact Associative Respiratory Edema Syndrome (CARES) or even Direct Inhalation Respiratory Episode (DIRE). Anyway, it is very bizarre to be working with a whole hospital full of people in masks, especially knowing other nonessential staff in other facilities are at home, and that there is little work to be done here anyway since we are restricted from going into certain areas. Also, at this point, I don’t see any senior management around…

So we now have 4 dead in Toronto, 2 closed hospitals and several on severely restricted access including, sadly, Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. In addition, they are recommending that all hospitals in Toronto restrict access to their patients to one person each and are separating the entrances to staff and visitors.
Below are extracts from today’s papers:

CBC online: On Monday, (China’s) health
authorities imposed a tight quarantine on an apartment building in which 88
new SARS cases were discovered.
Police in white surgical masks used metal barricades and tape to seal the
building where more than 240 residents are barred from leaving for 10 days.

Health workers, also wearing masks, crossed the barricades to treat residents
in the building.

Anyone who leaves the apartment block without official permission can be
fined or jailed, said the country’s director of health.

The Toronto Star: Full
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Bug could `broaden’: MD
Fourth GTA victim dies; toddler is a suspected case

Canoe News: Full
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SARS Claims Fourth Canadian Life

The Globe and Mail: B.C.
health officials are also bracing for an influx of Asian students returning
from spring break to Vancouver, a busy port for international travellers from
Asia. A quarantine similar to one in Ontario may be the next step if more
cases are reported.

"We haven’t ruled it out," said deputy provincial health officer
Shawn Peck. "In fact, we’re quite prepared to be more strict in the measures
taken if it seems warranted."

Almost all hospitals in Toronto and the surrounding area have closed their
doors to visitors other than people visiting critically ill patients and very
young children. Visitors who pass through the doors don masks and soak their
hands in antimicrobial mixtures.

"If the matter can wait and can be seen in a doctor’s office, we strongly
advise people to stay out of hospital emergencies," said James Young,
Ontario’s Commissioner of Public Security.

Most hospital doors have been locked, except for one entrance for staff and
another for visitors. And most hospitals have suspended elective surgeries,
outpatient clinics and other non-emergency services, assigning doctors and
nurses from those departments to substitute for the hundreds of health-care
workers in quarantine at home, or in some cases sick in hospital isolation

"It’s surreal," said one emergency-room doctor at St. Joseph’s
Health Centre, remarking on the eerie silence in otherwise bustling hospital

So we are all sitting around talking about the situation, nobody is working, in fact, it is blatantly obvious that nobody is concerned about doing anything other than following the story and seeing if we are in any immediate danger. It is pretty pathetic really, they should know human nature dictates that the likelihood of anyone actually being productive today is minimal. The managers are trying to control the rumours and gossip and the workers are just trying to keep from working.
I guess it is a normal Monday really…

I am reading about the war while wearing a N95 mask… This is more than a little perturbing even I have to admit.

N-95 stifler

SARS – Star Report

Bug could `broaden’: MD
Fourth GTA victim dies; toddler is a suspected case

Health officials are warning more cases of the mystery illness SARS may spread throughout Ontario.

Dr. James Young, Ontario commissioner of public security, warned that the spread of SARS could “broaden across Ontario” and urged all staff in Ontario hospitals to be on guard for potential cases. Officials are considering whether to impose visitor restrictions on hospitals throughout the province.

The warning came as the death of a fourth Toronto-area resident was announced and a “suspect” case of a 21-month-old toddler was revealed.

The latest patient to die from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome contracted the pneumonia-like illness from the first SARS patient to die at Scarborough Grace hospital, officials said yesterday.

Public health officials estimate Ontario has about 100 cases of SARS and said that 42 are “probable” and 39 “suspect” cases, including the toddler.

Health officials have already said that police officers and security guards should be used to enforce strict visitation rules in Toronto-area hospitals.

In other developments:

New Brunswick reported the first suspected case of SARS in Atlantic Canada. A teacher of a school in Miramichi developed symptoms before returning from a trip to China last Monday. A second probable case was found in British Columbia.

Singapore Health Minister Lim Hng Kiang said airplane passengers could infect people two rows ahead and two rows behind them. He said officials have discovered some SARS patients are “super infectors,” able to transmit the illness to as many as 30 or 40 others.

The Ontario Nurses Association complained about a shortage of supplies at Toronto-area hospitals, including N-95 masks needed to protect nurses the public from SARS. “We have not run out of masks,” Young said. Authorities have ordered more.

The International Ice Hockey Federation cancelled the women’s world hockey championship in Beijing. The Canadian team was to fly there today.

Dr. James Hughes, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “SARS is a global problem that emerged over a few months, results in a severe illness, has no effective therapy and cannot now be prevented by vaccine. It is as good an example as you will ever see of an emerging infectious disease.”

Health officials said the effectiveness of the quarantine would not be compromised by doctors, nurses and hospital workers being allowed to enter and leave Scarborough Grace and York Central hospitals.

They said there are strict safety measures in place both inside hospitals and after work for hospital workers to follow, including mandatory use of surgical masks, gloves, goggles and other equipment, and after-shift disinfection requirements.

The latest victim died Saturday at York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill after transferring there from Scarborough Grace on March 16. Health officials closed York Central Friday night after determining — 13 days after admission — that the patient had brought SARS from Scarborough Grace, also ordered shut last week.

“The person went to (Scarborough Grace) hospital as a patient,” Young said yesterday. “That person came into contact with … one of the first cases.”

Officials confirmed the victim is the second person to die after having contact with Chi Kwai Tse, a 44-year-old man who died March 13 at Scarborough Grace. A 76-year-old man who shared a hospital room with Tse died of SARS on March 21.

Tse was the son of Sui-chu Kwan, the first person in Toronto to die of the disease after returning from a trip to Hong Kong, which is also in the grip of a SARS crisis. Yesterday, health officials there reported 60 more people had fallen ill — more than half of them in one apartment complex. The latest fatality in Toronto brings the global death toll to 59.

Kwan, who was 78, died at her home in the east end of Toronto on March 5. She, along with other visitors to Hong Kong’s Metropole Hotel, was infected by an ailing doctor from Guangdong, China’s south province, which recorded the first case of the illness now known as SARS.

At their daily press briefing yesterday, Young, Dr. Colin D’Cunha, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, and Dr. Hanif Kassam, acting medical officer of health for York Region, cited patient confidentiality in declining to give any more details about the latest death.

Nor would they say where the patient stayed while at York Central, which has three other probable cases of SARS. It’s known the person was not kept in isolation. Some family members who visited a patient in ICU over the past two weeks and are now under quarantine fear they may have been contaminated by an elderly male patient with a severe cough. Young declined to say if that was the latest victim.

York Region public health plans to open a SARS assessment clinic in the next few days similar to the one operating at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre’s downtown (Grenville St.) site, Kassam said.

Young said he wanted to assure Ontarians that all known SARS cases in Ontario can be traced either to people who became infected while travelling in Southeast Asia or having “close or direct contact with SARS.”

He also announced that visitor restrictions, already in place at Toronto-area hospitals, are now being imposed on jails. Many seniors and nursing homes across the city are also taking precautions by denying or limiting visitor access.

Many have posted signs on front doors outlining a variety of actions ranging from denying access to suggesting visitors voluntarily refrain from visiting loved ones or friends until further notice.

Peel Region yesterday reported two probable and three suspected cases.

Peel spokesperson Cynthia Ulba said yesterday the two probable cases — health-care workers who contracted the disease through their work in Toronto — are quarantined, one at home and one in hospital. Of the three suspected cases, two were discharged from hospital and are recovering at home after a period of quarantine and the other is quarantined at home.

At Highbourne Lifecare Centre on The East Mall, Etobicoke, two signs tell visitors to stay away. “The exception will be those family members who choose to attend to loved ones in critical or palliative care situations,” reads one sign.

Asked about new data out of China suggesting the incubation period could be as long as 14 days, Dr. Don Low, chief microbiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, said the evidence collected here shows most people develop symptoms within four or five days of infection and that the 10 day-period is probably safe.

Thousands of Toronto residents who visited Scarborough Grace and York Central on or after March 16 have been advised to stay at home for 10 days, the maximum time public health authorities believe it takes SARS-symptoms, such as a high fever, coughing and breathing difficulty, to develop.

D’Cunha and Low also played down concerns expressed by the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about airborne transmission.

While it can’t be ruled out, “we have no epidemiological evidence to suggest this is airborne,” said Low. “That doesn’t mean you might not have an occasional case that you see occur or that might explain something, but 99 per cent of the cases we have seen to date we feel confident that we can focus on contact transmission.”

Young emphasized that the best way to combat the spread of SARS is for everyone in Ontario to be on the lookout for it. Even people experiencing headaches or malaise should be alert that it could signal the onset of SARS.

“We believe by the time the symptoms reach the fever stage, the person in fact may be contagious and so it is with that in mind that we urge those who are experiencing headache and malaise to take them seriously and begin to isolate themselves while they try and discover what they’re dealing with.”

D’Cunha and Low clarified who must remain in isolation.

If someone has had close contact with SARS but is not showing symptoms, “that is the person that we think in public health is at greater risk to come down with infection. His or her contacts are not likely to come down with infection.”

Data also suggests patients are probably most infectious probably in the first 24 hours of symptoms, said Low.

David Lewis Public School will reopen to staff and students today. The school closed last week after three students developed fevers in the same classroom. The illnesses were not SARS.

SARS – Canoe

SARS Claims Fourth Canadian Life

TORONTO (CP) — A fourth Toronto-area resident died of SARS on the weekend, and a 21-month-old child joined the growing list of probable and suspected Canadian cases of the rapidly spreading disease.

Swamped public health officials estimated Ontario has roughly 100 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome, but admitted they had only been able to analyse data for 81 — 42 probable and 39 suspect cases.

“There are very many more individuals provincewide who are cases that are under investigation,” said Dr. Colin D’Cunha, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Jim Young, the province’s commissioner of public safety, urged hospitals and health-care workers around the province to be vigilant for potential SARS cases, saying they fear that as time goes on the ripples from the Toronto cases will move further afield.

Meanwhile, officials in New Brunswick revealed they are watching a school principal in the Miramichi region who had recently returned from China. The woman, they said, had gone into voluntary quarantine in her home and the school at which she teaches was to be closed until April 8.

Vancouver has one probable SARS case and a number of people under surveillance for the disease. But health officials in Manitoba said Sunday a patient who had been listed as a probable SARS case in Winnipeg does not have the disease.

The Ontario officials confirmed the latest person to die had become infected while receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of Scarborough Grace Hospital — the nexus of Toronto’s growing cluster of SARS cases.

One of the original Canadian SARS patients was treated at Scarborough Grace in early March before health-care workers realized they were facing a highly contagious and potentially deadly new disease that required high level infection containment measures: gowns, gloves, goggles and masks at all times. Waves of cases have emanated from that first patient.

The latest person to succumb to SARS was transferred to York Central Hospital on March 16 — long before he began showing signs of SARS. As a result, staff there did not impose the stringent infection control measures needed to contain the disease. The patient died Saturday night.

At least two nurses from York Central have come down with SARS. Both York Central and Scarborough Grace are now closed to new patients. Staff from the two facilities are barred from working elsewhere for the time being.

Anyone who worked at, visited or was a patient of either hospital from March 16 onwards has been asked to go into quarantine for a period of 10 days from the last exposure to the hospitals.

While no one has a good handle on how many people are holed up in their homes, public health officials have estimated the numbers would reach into the thousands.

Even less clear is how many people have ignored the request to quarantine themselves. To date, D’Cunha said Sunday, no mandatory quarantine orders have been issued, but he and others have threatened the province will go that route if necessary.

D’Cunha and Young insisted that all known SARS cases on Ontario can be traced either to people who became infected while travelling in Southeast Asia or the Scarborough Grace cluster.

That’s crucial, from a containment point of view. If public health officials know who might have been exposed to the disease, they can apply containment measures to try to keep them from giving it to others.

If sporadic cases — meaning not linked to any known SARS case — begin to appear, it will be a sign that containment efforts have not worked and the disease is at large in the community.

That would be a public health nightmare.

“There is concern when you can’t trace cases. That’s very worrisome,” said Dick Thompson, a spokesman for the World Health Organization.

In a new bid to contain the spread of the disease, Young announced that visitor restrictions would also be placed on jails.

“Like hospitals, we want to be sure that we don’t bring the spread of SARS inadvertently again into what’s an institution,” Young said.

On Saturday, nursing homes, chronic care facilities and other group care operations were told to restrict visitors.

Hospitals in the Toronto area were told to close their doors to all but a selected few visitors — family members visiting the dying and parent visiting young children — last week.

Those restrictions may be extended to hospitals throughout the province soon, Young said, saying hospitals elsewhere have been warned to be ready for the move.

Health Canada continued to work Sunday with officials at Pearson Airport in an attempt to devise a program to screen people getting on international flights leaving Toronto.

The WHO recommended departure screening in a bid to keep Canadians from exporting the disease. While Health Canada hasn’t said what form the screening might take, it has ruled out a person-by-person check of all passengers, saying that would be impractical.

Spokeswoman Tara Madigan said the department hoped to have something in place “after the weekend.”

In other developments Sunday, the International Ice Hockey Federation cancelled the women’s world hockey championship in Beijing due to SARS. Several teams, including Canada’s, had delayed leaving for Beijing over concerns about SARS.

Last week, Health Canada urged Canadians not to travel to or through China, Singapore, Hanoi, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan if such travel could be avoided.


Mystery illness threatens hospitals
Mar. 28, 2003. 05:29 AM
Hospitals across the Greater Toronto Area
and Simcoe County are operating under
severe restrictions to stem the
outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),
the latest in a series of dramatic steps
authorities have taken to control the global epidemic.

The Toronto Star, March 28 2003

March 28. Friday.

The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak.

The scene that greeted us this morning as we came in to work was reminiscent of the kind of post-apocalyptic nightmare you would associate with Hollywood’s best directors. Unfortunately there will be no Oscars for this performance and the faces behind the masks could not disguise their fear and uncertainty as they squirted hand cleaner into our palms. One person standing next to me expressed how “scary” this was to her, I responded that the scary part wasn’t the people in the masks, but rather that they were letting us in to the building at all. This, coupled with the mask and gown wearing emergency workers circulating the building during the last 2 days makes me wonder if anyone actually takes these risks seriously. During the briefing for the staff this morning, they told us that the fatality rate was 3% or so, which on a worldwide basis is accurate, however in the GTA the fatality rate is in reality close to 10%. I am not a panic monger, nor do I subscribe to the theory of blanket confusion but I have to say that there are times when it is simply more appropriate and psychologically beneficial to allow people to remove themselves from the situation that they perceive as being a threat. Today is Friday, and besides the fact that the new building is far behind being populated to it’s targets and we all have much work to be done to catch up, I believe that the amount of progress to be made today will be minimal at best. The new building is wide open, elevator shafts are not sealed and the lobby area feeds air into and around the new offices. Mix this with the admission by the head of our infectious disease control department that the pathogen is hypothetically airborne and you have a psychological Molotov cocktail on your hands. So the staff here are officially in a state of quiet and very Canadian panic.

This is in addition to the tension that has been created by the perception that the war in Iraq is no longer a cake walk, but rather a very dirty, knockdown drag-out brawl. This between a nation that believes in itself and it’s duty to protect the rights of the oppressed and who foolishly believes that everyone worldwide will play by the “rules of war”, and its enemy who is once again reminding the American people that being an underdog is not a glamorous position, that in reality despite the romantic ideals attached to the notion of the small guy overcoming the giant, being an underdog means doing whatever it takes to survive. The Iraqi militia are not bound by moralistic notions, they are not restricted by the pressure of being the popular combatant, all they are concerned about it survival. Not survival like we tend to think, the idea that getting through something means sacrificing having a latte every morning to afford a new Porsche, or even the idea of having to sleep on the street in order to have enough money to eat. Their struggle to survive includes putting everything and anything between themselves and death, be it mines, civilian clothing, the infamous “Weapons of Mass Destruction” or indeed civilian men, women and children themselves. I am consistently astonished as the surprise and horror in the voices of the reporters, the people I speak to on a daily basis and the Newsmedia as they recount the atrocities going on in Iraq. But I ask you, when it comes right down to a bullet, what did you expect them to do? The atrocities of war are not termed that way because they make us uncomfortable, they are termed that way because they are inhuman, beyond the ability and even the grasp of many of us. But contextually speaking, they must be expected during times when one force comes into contact with another using humans as the lubricant between their contacting faces. Maybe I am more cynical (read realistic) about combat having been close to the military mentality most of my life and having seen now 3 wars not including the guerilla war that has simmered, occasionally erupting into death and destruction, in Northern Ireland for decades. Maybe it is my fascination with human psychology that has taught me that there are no words to describe the horror of which the human mind is capable, maybe it is my experiences in life that have taught me that the 5% of humanity that happens beyond the fringe is something of which we should all make ourselves aware in order to protect ourselves from the possibilities of life. Whatever it is, I find that there are few things that shock me, even less that I find truly horrific, and that my expectation of this particular situation is that by the end of the day, there will have been far darker times than live in the memories of any one person still surviving past conflicts.

So there it is, the present cloud that hangs over us here in Canada, but I have to admit that despite all this gloom below the surface, things are pretty well normal over here. The weather is improving, Spring is succeeding at forcing its way into our frozen wasteland and in typically Canadian fashion, the only flags waving around on the local vehicles are Maple Leaf flags… not for the country, but for Toronto’s NHL hockey team. It still amazes me the degree to which the Canadian people, outdone only by the Australians I imagine, are able completely to isolate themselves from the rest of the world and create a happy little cocoon in which they can ride out the storm. It is a strange and wonderful ability, albeit completely detached form reality, but it does enable them to enjoy themselves no matter what else may be going on.

..after all, it’s Roll Up The Rim To Win time at Tim Hortons, and the Super 7 jackpot is up to $22,000,000.00 this weekend, so smile, things could be worse…

Rodent Resourcefulness

Finding nothing last night,
since I had thrown out the
oatmeal snack he was enjoying,
but not to be discouraged,
the saga continued…

It is always safe to learn,
even from our enemies

C.C. Colton

March 14. Friday.

I am quickly getting the feeling that this little fella is far more resourceful and creative than most of the people whose desks he is raiding. Maybe we should be hiring him, not pursuing him.

The day started with more news of departures from the department but also with a promise that it would be the last. The IS department has apparently managed quite well to meet our targets for saving money and are to be spared any more cuts. The good news is that the dead wood has finally been set free to float downstream.

..and He Isn't Shy!

Eyeballs the camera

Decides it’s nothing a little oatmeal can’t fix

I came here by day,
but I left here in darkness
and found you along the way.
Now, it is silver and silent.
It is silver and cold.
You, in somber resplendence, I hold

AFI, Silver and Cold- Sing the Sorrow

March 13. Thursday.

Since my writing is still seemingly hard to produce, I find myself with other outlets for my words, and sometimes they do a decent job of reflecting on small windows into my past. Such an item is a post I put on the AFI message board this morning. It was early, my eyes were a little foggy but I could clearly see myself deep in my past, during times that were a celebration of freedoms of expression and rejections of the oppressions that youths so often feel regardless of their actual existence. It was that time in life when you just need to find something to push against, something to test your mettle, something to prove yourself worthy of. Tatters of that time remain, one being my taste for the kind of music AFI have created and I am relieved, even ignited by the remembrance of those days gone by.

Maybe it is age…
I am sure I am one of the oldest ones around here and I am sure I will be around for a long time to come but a large part of my passion for AFI and their music is their personality. Not the personalities of the individuals who play and sing so beautifully, but rather the band as a whole whose presence captures you and pulls you toward them smiling and secretly jumping and bumping almost enough to burst you right out of your skin. It is the magnetic draw of the atmosphere of being close enough to touch them but wanting instead to be a part of them, to share not only who they are and what they do but also to become a piece of the experience totally losing yourself as the music envelops you. It started for me growing up as a teenager in a small town in the North of England back in the early days of Antmusic also, but slowly progressed through the Damned, the Sex Pistols and settling with the wild and crazy antics of originals like New Model Army, Stiff Little Fingers and The Clash (whose story and rise to fame is something I believe AFI will enjoy). It lay dormant within me for years as my tastes revolved through The Pogues and Big Audio Dynamite grasping at the few remaining straws of originality but still my soul cried out for the days of The Young Ones on TV, 12 hole Docs, music that made you scream and the desire to make something different of yourself. Not to shock or to fit in to some awkward ideals, but simply to show that you weren’t afraid to be who you were and were capable of staying the same inside regardless of how you dressed or looked.
Then it bit me again and as I stood in a small bar in London Ontario in my twenties listening to Minor Threat their raw appeal threw me back into the enjoyment of that adrenaline charged need to be possessed by the sheer violence of the music and the beautiful simplicity of the lyrics. But since then, since the fading of the Dead Milkmen and what I believed was the loss of the art of putting humour and fun into punk and hardcore (which I believe is where it started, not through violence as the skins would have you believe) I have rarely seen that spark of brilliance again.

Until AFI.

I don’t need to tell you what AFI does to me, because you know since it does it to you, it makes you cry, it makes you pray, it fills you with love and hate and acid fire, it makes you crazy like an animal, it speaks directly to your soul. And that, quite simply, is how it should be.

Thank you AFI for rekindling the fire inside us all.

Of course it is overstated and overly dramatic, but that in itself is a simplistic reflection of the kinds of feelings I was trying to recall. I am afraid that sometime I will lose touch with that, with the ability or desire to express myself excessively, to paint pictures that are too big to hang, write poems that are too long to read and feel emotions that are too much to express. I think that is why so much of this site and so much of what I write is dramatically overstated. I accuse others of their excess in this area, but it speaks to the truth of our dislike in others that which reflects ourselves.

It seems childlike, it is often treated as simplification or as the inability to express in any ‘civil’ manner those things that we create but it is so much more than that. It is designed to be so, it is deliberate in it’s base appeal, it is the expression of raw emotion using raw language, simply a reflection by the medium of the message.

..and so it goes.

There is a Mouse In The House

I watch the stars as they fall from the sky
I held a fallen star and it wept for me, dying
I feel the fallen stars encircle me now, as they cry

AFI, Death Of Seasons- Sing the Sorrow

March 12. Wednesday.

Pain 1(Knee pain mostly from the gym)
Mobility 7

My recovery progresses. I have started back at the gym this week, able only to do some presses for my legs and a few minutes on the stairmaster. It is strange and disappointing to me to step onto the same machine I was master of mere weeks ago and have it bite me back with incessant unbearable demands. No longer am I sitting pretty at level 7 for an hour, or interval training with legs pumping like pistons, but rather I am now mercilessly victimized at level one, my body uncooperative as the neon display mocks me with its unstoppable flashing dots.

But I will not be defeated.

People are complimentary about the weight I have lost, it is amazing how you can hide a 20lb weight gain by wearing a weightlifting belt at the office. It was also great to see everyone at the gym, although the quizzical and pitying looks that some people give are unsettling at first. My solace is that they will witness the transformation back into the fully capable athlete (?) that left there just 3 short months ago. The thought of that metamorphosis is a comforting driving force to me, it has been too long since I have had a concrete goal in the gym. I have spent too long on my maintenance plan, trying to convince myself that health and my increasing age are motivation enough.

So I have a new friend. He has no name, and is shy to come out until everyone has left the building. He introduced himself by chewing a hole in my oatmeal packages on my desk and last night played a starring role on a carefully positioned camera…

Check this guy out:

Here he goes…

Time for another snack…

So I am in somewhat of a dilemma as to what I can do… On the one hand I have an opportunity to catch him and set him free outside where no doubt he will die of the cold or get run over, but on the other hand I am under pressure from people here to execute him with sticky paper or poison… Question is, how do you humanely catch a mouse without going out and buying a trap? Of course I could just put away all the food and let him move on to someone else’s desk, but then he may fall victim to their evil ways. In any event, we can’t have a mouse running around the office, so I must strike fast while I have his attention and figure out a solution. Any suggestions would be helpful, except cruel or inhumane trapping techniques since to this point he has refrained from using my desk as a toilet…although that may change.