Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Random News Clips

1) Harper has finally delivered on the disappearing fifth priority, a wait times guarantee. Huzzah! Well, that is, he's made sure provinces will guarantee one procedure. Yes, O-N-E. I'm not a doctor but I figure there can't be more than, what, 3 or 4 known medical procedures out there so this is clearly a monumental step forward.

2) The Macleans 50 have waded into the never ending PR debate. I say this only because I know poli-sci geek types enjoy debating this sort of thing and I suspect that that demographic makes up a large percentage of my readership.

3) Bharat Agnihotri was tossed from the Alberta legislature yesterday.

4) Lucienne Robillard, one of the most low key Cabmins over the past decade, has announced her retirement. This certainly is shaping up to be a "changing of the guard" election for the Liberal caucus, win or lose.

5) My Edmonton residency may limit the Calgary content of this blog so to try and fix this imbalance, I present the national anthems from last night's Flames game. This is in the same league as Roseanne Barr. Oh, and while we're talking about music videos on YouTube, this is the greatest remix parody ever.

6) Since today seems a little news-lite, I'll simply add, on a completely off topic note, that Arrested Development rocked, and that anyone who enjoys quality television should pick up the DVDs. Oh, and while I'm off topic, let me say that I loathe people who take the elevator down one floor when there are stairs right next to it. Just thought I'd mention that.

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  • For the record, there is no way humanly possible to guarantee wait times in Canadian hospitals. The reason for this (something that politicians and the media apparently don't understand) is there is a massive massive shortage of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in Canada. So pick apart Harper's plan all you want, the reality is that once there are adequate staffing levels, patients won't be waiting for up to twelve hours in the emergency ward.

    (On a side note, closer to home - big news about building a big hospital in south Calgary - bet it will look fantastic. Kinda wondering how they plan on staffing it..)

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 12:03 a.m.  

  • let me say that I loathe people who take the elevator down one floor when there are stairs right next to it.

    I'll see your loathing, and raise you "people who block elevator doors, any other kind of door, hallways, aisles, sidewalks, and escalator accesses/egresses."

    By Blogger WJM, at 12:37 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:19 a.m.  

  • Well since Steve's wait times guarantee announcement was a maximum of 10 weeks before treatment, cancer patients in Manitoba now get an extra 6 weeks added onto their wait times from the present wait time of 4 weeks. LOLOLOL

    By Blogger kitt, at 1:27 a.m.  

  • "let me say that I loathe people who take the elevator down one floor when there are stairs right next to it."

    About those wait times for knee surgery...

    By Blogger Candace, at 2:58 a.m.  

  • Dear god that has to be the worst performance of the national anthems in North America since that guy in Vegas at a CFL game during the expansion era sang O'Canada to the tune of O'Christmas Tree.

    The My Humps video was hilarious though.

    By Blogger Chris, at 5:11 a.m.  

  • I respectfully disagree regarding the anthem. This is the worst rendition of the US national anthem in awhile (sung by Hillary Clinton):

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 11:06 a.m.  

  • Once again, we get the measure of the man. harper makes reckless political promises that he has no intention of keeping.

    When will Canadians wake up to the fact that harper and his crew are worse than the Liberals.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:07 p.m.  

  • No, CalgaryGrit, hosertohoosier, IMHO the Rosanne Barr debacle is still number one for worst rendition of a national anthem.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 12:45 p.m.  

  • The last time I saw such a miserable performacne with a guitar, it was this guy!

    Ol' Jordan wasn't boo'ed off the ice why, exactly?

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 4:11 p.m.  

  • Actually, this guy still takes the prize for "Worst Anthem Ever". (RealPlayer needed)

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 5:18 p.m.  

  • Okay, this is a bit of a delayed comment to this post, but ...

    ... am I the only one who thinks that Harper made this announcement so he can be ready to call an election? Now that he's "delivered" on all five priorities, his government has carried out its mandate, right?

    By Blogger - K, at 7:11 a.m.  

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