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Ontario health minister has strange concept of fairness

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Mar 14, 2011
[Breast] cancer has a high likelihood of reoccurring if not treated with the drug Herceptin, which can cut the chance of cancer returning in half. But Ontario only provides the drug to those whose tumours have grown to be larger than one centimetre in diameter. Ms. Anzarut, by catching her cancer early, disqualified herself from the best possible treatment. Her appeal for an exemption was rejected… Morally and fiscally, the healthcare system is offside with reality… Especially since Herceptin is already given to women in Ms. Anzarut’s situation in other Canadian provinces.

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Families shouldn’t be left alone to care for Alzheimer’s victims

Monday, January 31st, 2011

January 31, 2011
Alzheimer’s is a disease that utterly destroys its victims personalities, leaving them bewildered wisps of their former selves, with nothing to look forward but a slow slide into incontinence, immobility and ultimately, a sad, pathetic death. And that doesn’t account for the suffering of the families… our society must steel itself for the wave of Alzheimer’s and dementia that is our future, and put in place the long-term care facilities and community support programs necessary to confront it. It won’t be cheap. But to do otherwise is unconscionable.

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Why the Tories will win the prison expansion political battle

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

January 12, 2011
Our crime rate is trending down. It’s the politics of fear, say the opposition parties… the Tories will win this battle, anyway. So long as our criminal justice system keeps giving average voters a reason to want to see the system “fixed,” the party promising to do that will get the votes… Rehabilitation is great, redemption is dandy, but when Canadians get the sense that criminals are getting off lightly, and that that problem can be made to go away by spending a mere few billion dollars, they will vote for that.

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