Wednesday, April 10th Commentary
The fact that a thousand cancer patients were given diluted chemotherapy, some for up to a year is scandalous enough.
Now there's word that the company which mixed the chemo drugs with saline solution and put them into the IV bags for 4 Ontario hospitals, Marchese Hospital Solutions is not even an accredited pharmacy. It has two other subsidiary company's which are accredited including one called Marchese Pharmacy but this particular firm, Marchese Hospital Solutions is not covered by the regulations of the Ontario College of Pharmacists or Health Canada.
The Toronto Star quotes David Jensen of the Ontario Ministry of Health as saying no binding regulations or regular inspections apply to Marchese Hospital Solutions.
It is true that the Ontario College of Pharmacists inspected the Marchese pharmacy in Mississauga in January, but the Star says the pharmacy was one of several companies operating at the site, including the aforementioned Hospital Solutions Inc.
Bottom line, if the newspaper account is accurate it means there is at least one company operating in Ontario, sending out prescription medication, potentially life-saving medication and there's no one at Queen's Park or Ottawa standing guard to make sure that what is being sent out is safe, a situation which is obviously intolerable. But let's not assume Marchese was at fault in the chemo-scandal because that hasn't been established yet.
By now you've likely heard the rumours that Bob DeLeuce, the founder of Porter Airlines wants to expand at the Toronto island airport.
He's to make an announcement at 11 this morning and the rumour is he will have signed a letter of intent to purchase at least a dozen new jets from Montreal-based Bombardier, the new CS-1hundred-series jets which haven't even left the ground yet to be tested.
If these rumours are true, it threatens to ignite a political firestorm. Ever since Porter started to expand its wings, local politicians and residents in the tall condo towers on the lakefront and those living on the islands have been warning that this is the 'slippery slope' that Bob DeLeuce would not be satisfied with the current restriction that he can only fly prop-driven aircraft. The Bombardier models are, in fact, jets and they're jets that need a runway longer than the existing run at Billy Bishop.
Adam Vaughan is the city councillor for the area and he was on NewsTalk 1010's Moore in the Morning about 20 minutes ago, opposed to a build at the airport.
Incidentally for those who are touting this deal with Bombardier as being good for Canadian jobs. What I have found out so far is that the Pratt and Whitney engines in them are being built in Florida. The wings are being built in Ireland. The fuselage is being built in China. That leaves Canada with what, the seats to build.
What would think of the idea of having all of the Highway 400-series highways in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area under the direct control of GO Transit.
If you make PC leader Tim Hudak Ontario's next premier...he says he would do just that. He wants one agency in charge of highways and transit and to his mind it should be GO Transit.
It would control the 401, the 400, 403, the 427, The Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway along with the subways and light rail transit lines of the TTC. I'm not quite sure what he'd do with the TTC buses and streetcars but Hudak made no mention of that in a speech at a Tory fundraiser last night. He would also push subway expansion into Richmond Hill and Scarborough and he'd extend highways such as the 427 northbound.
No tolls, no fees to pay for all of this though. No, Hudak says "we will leverage public-private partnerships to design, finance, build and operate the systems."
He's sounding more and more like Rob Ford everyday.