Thursday, September 12 Commentary
It was nearly 10 years ago in Newfoundland when a grim discovery was made. Hundreds of people, mostly women, misdiagnosed after mammogram's..subsequently denied the best drug of choice to battle breast cancer.
Then there was the dilution of chemo-drugs at 4 hospitals in Ontario and one in New Brunswick which launched a full scale review this year.
Let those unnerving stories serve as the backdrop to this:
A radiologist at Trillium Health Centre has misread at least 3 CT scans in the last year. That has triggered the hospital to order a review of all of his scans...CT's and Mammogram's...35-hundred of them in the past year. Keep in mind he's been working there for 33 years.
I don't want to diminish the seriousness of this review at Trillium Health but the fact is, diagnostic errors are made all the time. We just don't hear about all of them. There are checks and balances which catch some of them. It sounds to me as though Trillium Health is acting out of an abundance of caution in the wake of the other hospital scares of the last several years at other facilities. If that's the new protocol then we're making progress.
It sounds like a movie plot: there was a riot at the Don Jail Sunday and it ended only after management gave the 30 rioters a free ride out.
NewsTalk 1010 host and Sun columnist Joe Warmington writes about this morning from the perspective of the jail guards union. They're angry and worried because there were no consequences for the unruly inmates.
Warmington quotes one guard as saying all of the inmates were transferred to the East and West Detention Centres with "absolutely no consequences. That guard says "now all inmates who remain at the Don are aware of what happened and they've started threatening guards.
The problems at the Don have festered for years. There is a poisonous atmosphere between management and the union and as best I can remember the political masters at Queen's Park...no matter which party...have refused to deal with it.
An interesting approach by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion to finding the millions of dollars needed to upgrade the storm sewer system in the city so it can handle major downpours like the damaging one of July 8th.
She believes there should be a levy imposed on pavement because pavement means rain runoff into the sewers instead of it being absorbed into the ground. In effect, McCallion is pushing a user fee to pay for sewer upgrades. Places such as Square One Shopping Centre would carry most of the tab because of their huge parking lot but Mississauga city staff are drafting regulations that would cover homeowners as well. Say, if you were to expand your driveway to fit in another vehicle, you'd be hit with a property tax surcharge.
It's either that or McCallion says all property owners would have to pay extra..and that is not her preferred choice.
Council is likely to approve the idea by the end of the year.
A couple of international stories you should be aware of:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went into meetings this morning in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...trying to flesh out the details of how to ensure Syria hands over it's chemical weapons stockpile.
The other story is that while the superpowers are focused on Syria, there are signs that North Korea has restarted the reactor of the Yongbyon nuclear facility. This is the reactor that can produce weapons grade plutonium.
Sources say it appears testing is underway and within a matter of days the reactor should be fully operational.