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The Scandal of Two Tier Health Care in Canada

So the Calgary Flames jumped to the head of the line when it came to H1N1 vaccinations.  Are we surprised?  It’s long been a practice in Canada where professional and semi-pro athletes get preferential medical treatment.   They get a MRI within hours while the rest of us wait months.  Elective surgery comes within days while we wait forever.  Yes you can say that their job depends on it but a lot of people whose jobs depend on being able to work pain free get stuck on long waiting lists and have to go on disability.

So naturally the team doctors assumed the Calgary Flames could just jump the queue and I assume the person who set up the private clinic thought it was business as usual like it had been so many times in the past.  Now you have the Premier determined to “get to the bottom of it” but the reality is that this kind of stuff has been going on since the winter of 1980 when the Calgary Flames moved from Atlanta and stuff like this happens to almost all pro sports teams. 

If Premier Ed Stelmach wants to get to the bottom of it, why not show waiting times for the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders, and the Calgary Flames for surgical and medical procedures and compare it the rest of the population who does not play professional sports.  I assume they jumped the queue in almost all cases.

Jesse Lumsden

f061801A I am a big Jesse Lumsden fan but I fear that is career is going to be defined by his injuries rather than his tremendous ability.

There is no definitive timeline for Jesse Lumsden’s return to the playing field, but it will definitely not be for the next 10 weeks.

Said to be facing season-ending shoulder surgery or weeks of rehabilitation, the Edmonton Eskimos running back has not made up his mind which route he will take in hopes of repairing his left shoulder dislocation.

"Best-case scenario is I’m back in 10 weeks and I’m ready to go for the remainder of the season and a playoff run. Fired up and nothing is going to get in my way," said Lumsden, speaking to the media for the first time since the injury occurred in Thursday night’s Canadian Football League game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

I was watching a CFL roundtable and they said the biggest reason he was let go by the talent starved Hamilton Tiger Cats was that they never knew if he would be ready for game day which made practicing and game planning really hard.  At least the Edmonton Eskimos won’t have that problem for the next ten weeks.  Of course the National Post is wondering if this could be the end for the still young McMaster star.

"My gut says it’s over," Matt Dunigan, TSN’s CFL analyst said with sadness in his voice, "because that was a simple football play."

The Summer of 09

I was trying to plan out our summer the other day and started to enter some of it into Dopplr and Upcoming.  It isn’t that busy of a summer for us but according to Upcoming, here are the events that we are taking in.

  • June 26+ :: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival :: None of the headline acts really get me that excited but Wendy and I will take in some of the free stages (PDF)
  • June 27 :: 5th Annual Feast By The Beach Fundraiser :: A lobster fundraiser at Arlington Beach.  While we are there, we plan to spend the weekend at the cabin.
  • July 30 – August 8 :: Saskatoon Fringe Festival :: Wendy and I generally take Mark down to the Fringe for a couple of evenings of taking in street performers and good food.  You can also get all of the hemp bracelets that you will never wear again.  One year Wendy wanted me to by a CD of pan flute music.  Let’s just say that I carry the wallets.
  • July 1 – August 16th :: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan :: We plan to take in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this summer.  This is my favorite event all summer and is a great way to spend an evening.  If you have never gone, you owe yourself to take in at least one show this summer.
  • July 14 :: Taste of Saskatchewan :: I am cursed to always get the worst food in the festival while Wendy gets the best.  I am just getting what she gets this year.  The festival gets a lot of hype but Saskatoon isn’t exactly known as a culinary centre (how many identical Greek, Italian, and franchise restaurants does a city need?).  How do I say this… if we had better restaurants, we would have a better festival.
  • July 25 :: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos :: We are making a pilgrimage to Mosaic Stadium to watch the Saskatchewan Roughriders play the hated Edmonton Eskimos.
  • August 4-9 :: Saskatoon EX :: I have a nine year old son and Mark is about one thing at the EX; Bumper Cars.  Wendy is all about the elephant ears while I am like to wander around the trade show and taking some photographs.
  • August 8 :: Mac’s Froster 50 :: I am a big fan of Legend’s racing on a short track like the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.  It’s not NASCAR or anything but it’s a nice way to spend the evening.
  • August 13-14 :: Folkfest :: Despite the name, it’s not a folk music festival.  It’s a celebration of multiculturalism which in Saskatchewan we take as eating perogies and drinking too much beer.  Since I don’t drink beer, it means that Mark, Wendy and I are eating a lot of perogies.
  • Aug 15-16 :: Canada Remembers International Airshow :: It’s the last air show that Saskatoon will ever have.  We have enjoyed it a lot in the past so we will go and say goodbye.
  • Aug 22 :: Ukraine Day in the Park :: Wendy isn’t sure she wants to go but it’s a big deal in the Riversdale and Pleasant Hill neighborhoods so I think we will go.
  • September 4 :: Saskatchewan Huskies vs Calgary Dinos :: The start of the CIS football season.
  • September 11 :: Saskatchewan Huskies vs Regina Rams :: Considering that I taught Mark when he was small that when he flushed the toilet to salute and say, “See you in Regina”, this is similar to Texas – Oklahoma or Notre Dame – Michigan for University of Saskatchewan football fans.

We don’t have that much travel planned for the summer as we plan to enjoy Saskatoon quite a bit.  We are heading up to the cabin and then in October plan to take Mark for his first trip to the ocean and heading to Victoria for a couple of days.  You can see some of my trips on Dopplr (more if you join it).

If you are in Saskatoon, make sure you sign up for Upcoming and add any events that you want the world (and people like me) to see.  Upcoming allows you to let people know if you are going as well.  Wendy and I have had quite a few events we thought only we were taking in end up as a lot of fun as we found out more people were coming as well.

If you have any suggestions on things I should be taking in, let me know in the comments.

Saskatchewan beats the Eskimos in a close game


Saskatchewan scored seven touchdowns, including a 54-yard fumble return by linebacker Kitwana Jones, to move into second place in the Canadian Football League’s West Division ahead of B.C., which hosted Toronto later on Saturday.

It wasn’t all good news

But Saskatchewan isn’t without its problems. First and foremost, head coach Ken Miller is probably no closer to deciding on a starting quarterback for the post-season.

Steven Jyles, who relieved a struggling Darian Durant in last week’s 30-29 win over Hamilton, got the nod against Edmonton — the Riders’ third starting pivot in as many weeks.

But he gave way to Michael Bishop after completing seven of 13 passes for 99 yards and throwing two interceptions. Bishop connected on nine of 10 passes for 148 yards with two completions for majors.

Despite the big win, I am not liking Saskatchewan’s chances going into the post-season with Michael Bishop as our quarterback.  He was mediocre in Toronto and he has been mediocre here.