Tag Archives: HQCA

The “Tone at the Top” from two perspectives: Richard Nixon and the AHS

When Richard Nixon told David Frost than an illegal activity is not illegal “when the president does it” he confirmed what we’d all suspected: the “tone at the top” as far as the 37th President of the United States was … Continue reading

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The Health Care Town Hall Meeting–How Come It’s Never Anybody’s Fault?

I went to the Health Care Town Hall meeting in Calgary last week.  After two hours I had a headache.  How come it’s never anybody’s fault? “Fault” is defined as being responsible for an unpleasant situation.  I learned all about … Continue reading

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In the Hands of Squints and Politicians

The state of Alberta healthcare is the most important issue facing Alberta voters—and it’s resting in the hands of squints and politicians.  Lord help us! A “squint”, like his compatriots the geek and the quant, is a highly trained technical … Continue reading

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Allison Redford’s New Years Resolutions

The only thing more irritating than your own New Year’s resolutions are those made for you by someone else.  Nevertheless, I’ve created 10 New Year’s resolutions for Alison Redford.  Hey, she’s busy preparing for the spring election, I’m sure she’ll … Continue reading

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Bill 24 – The Democratic Process is Swiss Cheese

Alberta’s Privacy Commissioner nailed it when he said that the government’s propensity to override the public’s right to information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) was turning FOIP into “Swiss cheese”.* This is deeply distressing … Continue reading

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Bill 24 — A Public Inquiry?

Question:  when is a public inquiry not a public inquiry?  Answer:  when the controversial testimony must be given behind closed doors.  Welcome to Bill 24—the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act. We all remember Premier Redford’s breakout moment in the … Continue reading

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Square Peg/Round Hole — Redford’s Proposal to Beef Up the Health Quality Council Review

UPDATE — Premier Redford promised changes to the HQC which would allow it to conduct a public inquiry.  She delivered Bill 24 which allows the  HQC  to take the “public inquiry” behind closed doors under a number of circumstances.  So … Continue reading

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