Category Archives: General Health Care

Unsolicited Advice from A Conservative Pundit

This week Preston Manning, former leader of the Reform Party, offered some advice to the yet to be formed United Conservative Party (or whatever it’s going to call itself after the Wildrose and the Progressive Conservatives merge). A vision of … Continue reading

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Physician Assisted Dying: How the SCC got there

It’s a paradox. Your right to die is an affirmation of your right to live. In a unanimous decision of astonishing clarity the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decided that the Criminal Code prohibition on physician-assisted dying violates your Charter … Continue reading

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The Wildrose and PCs Weigh In On Medically Assisted Dying

We’ve seen a lot of fireworks in the Alberta Legislature but nothing can match the rhetoric and misinformation that characterized the response of the Wildrose (and to a lesser extent the Progressive Conservatives) to the government’s motion to regulate medical … Continue reading

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The Sonic Boom: How Alberta Became an “Offshore Business” in the Pathology Market

Why does Stephen Mandel, the newly minted Minister of Health, think it’s a good idea for Alberta taxpayers to support the lifestyles of wealthy Australian businessmen who earn more than $13 million a year, their executive teams who get ridiculous … Continue reading

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The Buck Stops Here — Privacy 101 for Minister Horne — A guest blog by lawyer Brian Thiessen

Susan on the Soapbox welcomes her first guest blogger.  Employment and privacy lawyer Brian Thiessen has a few words to say about a privacy breach that impacts 620,000 Albertans.  The title says it all.  The Buck Stops Here–Privacy 101 for … Continue reading

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The Perfect Gift

What’s the perfect wedding gift for your little sister?  The one who’s been married twice and waited 10 years before she decided she was ready to take the plunge again?  I’ve been pondering this question for weeks and time is … Continue reading

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Susan’s Eye–and the death of common sense

Everyone knows that you shouldn’t put ear drops in your eye, right?  But what happens when your doctor prescribes ear drops for a nasty eye infection, then what do you do? After 3 days of wondering why the tiny little … Continue reading

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