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Do you trust your doctor - Canada - Macleans.ca

After five miscarriages, and with the odds of ever having children stacked against her,soldes louboutin chaussures, Lee Dix was glad to get a second opinion. It was the summer of 2000, and the Toronto woman had been referred to a gynecologist based at Scarborough Hospital, Dr. Richard Austin, whom she hoped would eventually deliver her first baby. But far from feeding her optimism, Austin told Dix she had a benign tumor called a fibroid in her uterus, and made a provisional diagnosis of endometriosis, a painful disorder where cells on the uterine wall grow out of control. Between 2002 and 2005, the greying physician performed two operations on Dix?one a total abdominal hysterectomy, the other to remove her remaining ovary (she?d had one taken out in a previous operation). ?I just went with what he said,? Dix now recalls. ?I trusted doctors, and I thought that if anyone is going to work on me, they must have the proper schooling and knowledge.?
With that, her dream of having children ended. By 36 she was entering menopause, and thus began a medical nightmare she now blames on mistakes and misjudgments committed by Austin. She missed months of work in her job as a receptionist, suffered depression and still deals with bowel control issues because, she alleges, Austin twice perforated her large intestine while she was under the knife. More stunning still, the 41-year-old has since learned that the surgeries may have been wholly unnecessary.
In a civil suit recently filed in Ontario Superior Court, she cites the results of ultrasounds and other tests performed before and after the procedures showing no evidence of endometriosis or fibroids, raising the question of why Austin suggested surgery at all. The whole experience has left her heartbroken?and downright fearful of anyone in a white jacket. ?I haven?t even gone for my yearly physical,? she says. ?I don?t want to see any doctors. I don?t know who to trust.?
Dix?s allegations have not been proven in court, and Austin has not yet filed a statement of defence (his lawyer declined to comment). But she?s not the only one telling horror stories about doctors these days.
From the pathology scandals in Newfoundland and Windsor, Ont. to an O.R. slip-up that nearly cost former NHL coach Jacques Demers his life, highly publicized medical errors are taking a big bite out of Canadians? confidence in the medical profession,louboutin soldes, leaving many suspicious before they so much as take a seat in the examination room. In a poll taken last week for Maclean?s, 40 per cent of respondents said they believe Canadian doctors care less about their patients than they did 10 years ago; only six per cent said physicians care more. One in five said doctors are more likely to make errors than they were a decade earlier, and the MDs didn?t score well on questions of honesty, either. More than half the respondents to our poll said they believe doctors do not readily acknowledge their mistakes.
This is not about respect, so much as trust?92 per cent of those surveyed said they hold doctors in high esteem, and an overwhelming proportion of Canadians believe their own GPs do a good job. But there?s no denying the impact of the recent high-profile cases, given the disproportionately large number of people affected. The doctor at the centre of the Windsor controversy, for example, went on interpreting cancer tests for thousands of patients despite suffering from cataracts that hospital officials acknowledge may have compromised her work. In Newfoundland, pathology mistakes between 1997 and 2005 resulted in wrong test results going out to nearly 400 breast cancer patients, 108 of whom have died while untold others lost breasts only because they started treatment too late. In Saskatchewan, a government review of 68,360 images interpreted by Yorkton radiologist Dr. Darius Tsatsi uncovered 1,988 mistakes that will affect patients? treatment. In Toronto, Austin has faced complaints from scores of his former patients, at least 38 of whom have filed civil suits like Dix?s, claiming unnecessary surgery or botched procedures.
These horror stories have made Canadians wary, says Mario Canseco of Angus Reid Public Opinion, who oversaw the Maclean?s poll. ?Not only do they worry that there will be mistakes, but they assume so,louboutin pas chere,? he says. ?Even if you?re happy with your GP, you see what?s happened to those around you. You think it may be your time next.?
For doctors, this is an unaccustomed,soldes christian louboutin, and not especially pleasant, spot to be in. For generations, physicians have enjoyed greater public respect and appreciation than practically any professionals?a reflection, perhaps,chaussures louboutin pas cher, of their status in many communities as the most educated people in town. That?s changing, however,soldes louboutins, as post-secondary education becomes the norm and Canadians in general grow less deferential. ?There used to be a very paternalistic relationship between doctors and their patients,? says Dr. Rocco Gerace, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. ?It worked both ways. Patients would essentially give doctors the decision-making ability, as opposed to considering options and then consenting. It?s changed dramatically, and I think for the better.?
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10 reasons Christy Clark could actually win the B.C. election -

For the past year, the B.C. Liberals, mired in scandals of their own doing, have been polling at least 20 points behind the NDP. Last week,chaussure christian louboutin pas cher, the ground suddenly shifted. put the Liberals just four points behind the NDP. Later that day, Angus Reid released similar results, putting the Liberals seven points behind the NDP. And with that, the provincial election which, for the better part of a year, had been looking like a cakewalk for the NDP?s Adrian Dix, started to resemble a comeback tale for the ages for Clark?s Liberal team.
With just five days remaining before British Columbians head to the polls, it remains hard to imagine that Clark might actually close the gap. Crucially, Angus Reid puts the Liberals 10 points behind the NDP in the vote-rich ridings of B.C.?s Lower Mainland. Still, no one ever imagined the race would get this close, nor that Clark, whose two-year tenure has been marred by controversy and scandal, would perform as well as she has in the last four weeks.
Here are the 10 reasons for the Liberal surge:
1. Clark?s highly effective campaign
The Liberals have managed to frame the conversation on fiscal and economic issues?taxes, government spending and major projects like pipelines, liquefied natural gas and fracking?on which they are strong. That makes the NDP, who promise to increase taxes and government spending, show little to no interest in balancing the budget, and oppose resource mega-projects look like a risky choice. The NDP can?t seem to play their advantage, and turn the conversation to health care and education.
2. The NDP’s decision to come out against Kinder Morgan
Dix, worried about bleeding votes to the B.C. Greens, came out against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion two weeks ago. It was a disastrous choice.
Green Party support remains unmoved. And it?s given Clark room to claim that resource development will come to a standstill under Dix?who also opposes Enbridge?s Northern Gateway pipeline plan?killing jobs and wrecking B.C.?s shaky economy.
Dix?s stunning flip-flop has also alienated centrists, and is forcing those considering parking their vote with the Conservatives to think again.
3. The disastrous Conservative campaign
After last week?s debate,chaussures louboutin pas cher, the tweet, ?Cummins went full Gran Torino? was trending on Twitter?a reference to the 71-year-old B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins? cranky incoherence during the April 29 leader?s debate. Again and again, Cummins, the only leader to rely on notes, repeated that the Liberals and NDP would ?tax British Columbians to oblivion,? whatever that means. (?It?s possible,? said one observer, ?that the only thing written on those notes was ?Taxes = Bad.? ?)
Cummins has had to fire four candidates since the campaign began; and the party, who saw support hit record levels ahead of the campaign,louboutins, is looking more and more like a hopeless bunch of cranks. Potential?Conservative voters have been running home to the Liberals ever since the writ was dropped.
4. Debate performance
Ahead of the debate, the media narrative said that Dix just had to show up, and not embarrass himself. He did both those things, and media commentators gave him the edge coming out of the debate. But the B.C. media are used to Clark?s slick communications skills. Regular British Columbians are not. They saw something very different on April 29.?Dix, who began the debate with a shaking voice, often looked terrified, even when leaning stiffly against the podium, an apparent attempt to appear relaxed. (Some in the Liberal war room were playing a drinking game,chaussures christian louboutin soldes, knocking back every time Dix rested against his lectern.) By contrast, Clark, a former radio show host, looked polished, at ease and was quick to pounce.
Dix may not have fumbled; but only one leader looked electable that night,louboutin homme pas cher. Polls released later that week confirmed that the televised debate had changed a lot of minds.
5. Personality
The bookish NDP leader has what one analyst has dubbed a ?charisma deficit.? Clark?s best assets, meanwhile, are ?her personality, her optimism, her attitude,? says the University of the Fraser Valley?s Hamish Telford.
The Clark campaign has been regularly tweeting photos of the premier in hard hats, hands dirty, all smiles. It?s cheesy stuff, but it works. Dix, who was recently photographed in a goofy bowler hat in historic Barkerille, has been running a cautious, defensive campaign, limiting scrums to one a day, and restricting media access.
It took his campaign almost four weeks to finally grant Maclean?s a 10-minute interview?after near-daily rescheduling and endless dickering over when and where the interview would be conducted and how the article would be framed.
The Clark campaign had the premier on the phone within days. They had no questions nor qualms about the tone of the interview or the article itself.
6. Attack ads
Voters may claim to hate attack ads. But research shows they have their desired impact on voting behaviour. From the start, Clark?s team has been running brutal attack ads against Dix. Yesterday came the release of yet another?a clip from the televised leader?s debate where Dix was asked a question about ?memogate.? (Thirteen years ago, when he was B.C. premier Glen Clark?s chief of staff, Dix backdated a memo in an attempt to protect the premier from conflict-of-interest charges. Clark, it was alleged, had traded a renovation to his East Vancouver home from an applicant for a successful casino license.)
?It was my mistake, I take responsibility,? Dix said. ?I was 35 years old.? It was a cringe-worthy line?at 35,chaussures louboutin, he was neither young nor inexperienced, and the Liberals pounced, including the clip in a .
7. Being forthright
Where does Dix stand on the labour code? On fracking? On liquefied natural gas? On balancing the budget? Who knows? Details, Dix says, will be revealed after the vote, raising suspicion, and providing further ammo for the Liberals.
Clark?s obsessive faith in liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the province?s salvation may seem tiresome. But at least voters know where she stands on the issue.
Dix, despite insisting he wouldn?t run negative campaign ads, began doing just that three days ago, attacking the Liberals for ?years of scandals,? and of ?mismanagement and misleading voters.? All fair game?though after months of making hay of his ?positive? campaign, it seems a little disingenuous to suddenly reverse that promise. With less than a week to go, look for the NDP to get even more aggressive.
8. The economic climate
Dix may have won endorsements from noted environmentalists like Tzeporah Berman by opposing both proposed pipelines through B.C., pledging to maintain moratoriums on tanker traffic, promising environmental reviews on fracking and calling into question LNG?one of the few bright spots in B.C., beyond the condo market. But it?s a hard sell to regular British Columbians in this economic climate, particularly when Dix is also promising major spending increases. Even support for the Keystone XL pipeline is growing in the U.S., amid polls showing that people?s desperation for jobs outweighs their concerns for the climate.
9. The Canucks early playoff exit
Two years ago, Christy Clark?s government held a referendum on the HST in the middle of the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run. Campaigners had to struggle to be heard through the din. Few tuned in, spoiling door-knocking plans and derailing pro-HST messaging. The harmonized tax, of course, failed on the June 30, 2011, vote.
This week, the city?s beloved Canucks became the first team to exit the playoffs, unceremoniously swept in four straight game by San Jose. All of a sudden, British Columbians are tuning into an election campaign that had, until now, been seen as the second-most important race in town.
10. Polls don?t tell a complete story
Pollsters in recent elections have looked red-faced, notably in Alberta, where they predicted a Wildrose majority in October 2011, only to see the Conservatives returned to power with a comfortable majority. Pollsters similarly didn?t have a clue that the NDP would wipe out the Bloc in Quebec in the 2011 federal election; and the Conservative minority they predicted was actually a comfortable majority for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The Liberals are desperately hoping the Alberta scenario repeats in B.C., where pollsters are still predicting an NDP majority.
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Courting our ethnic friends - Capital Read, Inkless Wells - Macl

The title of this blog post is the title of a chapter in a curious book by C.P. Champion, published last fall, called The Strange Demise of British Canada: The Liberals and Canadian Nationalism 1964-1968. I’ve been meaning to write about this book since I saw it. Now, in an election when the votes of immigrants and ethnic minorities are one battleground, is as good as any time.
Chris Champion is a senior advisor to Jason Kenney. His book is a complex argument about the Pearson Liberals’ relationship to the British component of Canada’s heritage. I won’t try to sum it up here,acheter louboutin pas cher. But what’s interesting is the chapter where he traces an earlier attempt by one political party to break into ethnic communities another party had considered a captive market,solde louboutin.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Champion writes, the party with the greatest success among new Canadians was the Conservatives, and it was the Liberals who needed to catch up.?
Champion goes on to recount, in fascinating detail, the story of a young Liberal organizer in the 1960s, Andrew Thompson. In 1961 he was 37 and an Ontario MPP for Dovercourt. He “packed his suitcase and moved in for a month with a family of Toronto immigrants,soldes louboutin chaussures,” Champion writes, ‘to discover ‘how the Italians live.’” It was not,christian louboutin paris, Champion says, Thompson’s first foray into courting the non-British vote in English Canada.
“Three weeks before the 1953 [federal] election… Thompson raised the alarm that the ‘ethnic vote’ was shifting toward the Progressive Conservatives under George Drew. The Tories, Thompson warned, had seized control of the ethnic press.” When the Liberals lost 22 seats that year, “Thompson believed that ethnic voting had influenced the outcome.”
Champion finds a lot about Thompson in Jack Pickersgill’s memoirs. Pickersgill was the Liberal immigration minister in the 1950s. A branch of that department, the Canadian Citizenship Branch, was designed to “encourage” newcomers to “take their place as citizens of their new country,” Pickersgill wrote. Thompson, as a Liberal party operative, “worked closely” with ethnic organizations through this Canadian Citizenship Branch. Soon enough, in 1967, Thompson was appointed to the Senate by Lester Pearson.
That’s why Thompson’s name may sound familiar. More than a decade ago his failing health led him to take long vacations in Mexico for treatment. The Ottawa Citizen reported he was still drawing a senator’s salary while not even doing a senator’s work,chaussures christian louboutin soldes, and soon the Reform party was hiring a mariachi band to play on Parliament Hill to mock him. He eventually left the Senate. But even the most washed-up among us has a past, and Andy Thompson was the guy who built the Liberals into an electoral powerhouse among immigrant Canadians.
By the late 1950s he had his work cut out for him. “The Diefenbaker slogans ‘One Canada’ and ‘unhyphenated Canadianism,’ the Conservative rhetoric of equality and anti-discrimination, and the promise to enact the country’s first Bill of Rights, appealed to many members of ethnic communities,” Champion writes. “Conservatives also turned the tables by portraying the Liberals as the Anglo-Saxon party, an elitist organization that discriminated against ethnic groups and preferred to recruit candidates of British descent.”
Thompson set to work. “It was a long and painstaking courtship. Lists were compiled of ethnic contacts, organizations, churches, editors, newspapers, and radio stations that should be cultivated. Thompson wrote briefings on ‘annual ethnic ceremonies’ and events that Liberals should mention in speeches and, if possible, attend in person.” News organizations were identified by their allegiance to Liberals or other parties; “the Czech Novy Domov ‘seems to have gone CCF;’ Vilne Slovo was Tory, ‘controlled by Mr. Boyko.’… Thompson attended the studio opening of a CBC television program on ethnic music, and actually took the phone numbers of musicians who could provide ‘entertainment at Liberal functions.’ Clearly, he was working every angle to make new friends.”
There’s a lot more. Soon Thompson’s leader has started to pick up on these techniques. “When Pearson, campaigning as opposition leader in 1963, repeated his wish to bring in what he called a ‘distinctive Canadian flag,chaussures christian louboutin pas cher,’ he made the anouncement in Winnipeg to a group of ethnic newspaper editors, at an event that went unnoticed by local newspapers.” And so on.
When I asked Kenney about Champion’s book several months ago, he said Champion did not have responsibility for ethnic outreach in Kenney’s office and that, while Champion had shared his research with Kenney, none of what Andy Thompson did 45 years ago served as a direct model for what Kenney is doing today. Times have changed, anyway, Kenney told me: in Thompson’s day, the immigrant vote was largely Central and Southern European. Now it’s far more diverse. The media landscape and the electoral maps have changed too.
The value of Champion’s book, or at least of these passages, is that it shows that the political fight for support from new Canadians is as old as the country; that Liberals have not always been the big winners in that fight; and that advantage is almost always fought for, not merely bestowed by the electoral gods, in this arena or any other.
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Steve Jobs put doing ahead of talking - Peter Nowak, Science & T

And the big tech news just keeps on a?rolling. I?m on a mini-vacation in Quebec, but I couldn?t not write something about Steve Jobs?s ,christian louboutin pas cher, which was as surprising as Google taking over Motorola or HP announcing its exit from the consumer business, both of which happened last week. Jobs has been battling illness for some time so the news isn?t that unexpected, but just like the company he built,chaussures louboutin, the man himself seemed somewhat unstoppable so it?s shocking nonetheless.
There will be a lot of commentary extolling what Jobs has meant to the world of technology and not much of it will be overstated. Simply put, no company?probably not even Google?and certainly no individual has made as much of a difference or changed the way things work over the past 10 years as Apple has under Jobs.
First, the iPod changed how we listen to music. In conjunction with iTunes, it also changed how we buy music, which did much to influence how video is sold and distributed as well. The iPhone then changed the world of telecommunications. Apple pried the phone itself and its data capabilities away from the greedy,chaussures christian louboutin, clammy hands of wireless operators and really did make the whole business about ?I? (or you and me). Most recently, Jobs pulled another rabbit out of his hat with the iPad, a device he called ?magical? and which is now doing much to drive computing toward a post-PC reality.
It?s hard to think of another tech company?again, with the possible exception of Google?that has achieved anything close to that over the past decade. And, as far as we know, Apple is Jobs, so the company?s success is his success.
On the downside, Apple has been a singular pain to deal with as a journalist,chaussures christian louboutin, and this too stems from Jobs? controlling persona. Under no circumstances does the company or its people officially comment on anything, whether it?s products, trends or even the weather outside. Even when we are invited onto the company?s soil and given special briefings, this is as secretive and tight-lipped company as there is. Executives and product managers might tell us all kinds of great stuff in confidence, but we?re never allowed to use it on pain of never being invited back.
As frustrating as it often is, in a way I sort of respect the approach. Apple is very clearly a company that just does, as opposed to one that talks about doing. I know I have a few friends who talk a big game about things they?re going to do with their lives,louboutin pas cher, but they never end up following through. That?s annoying, so it?s refreshing to see someone?even if it?s a company I?d like to occasionally talk to?do the reverse. There are a lot of tech companies that talk a lot,acheter louboutin pas cher, but ultimately accomplish nothing.
The big question now is: Can Apple continue its dominance without Jobs in an every-day role? I?m sure the other question every journalist is quietly asking themselves is will a post-Jobs Apple continue being a company that just does, or will it open up a bit and start talking too?
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