Saturday, June 30, 2007
When Pearson returned, owner Soo Chung handed him gray pants. He said his were blue-and-burgundy pinstriped. Wrangling ensued and a ridiculous lawsuit. The full story is here.
Healthcare officials in Calgary have unveiled a new ambulance designed for treating and transporting obese patients in an emergency, believed to be the first of its kind in this country.
The ambulance is equipped with a wide stretcher and a mechanical lift that gently raises patients weighing up to 450kg (1,000 lbs) into the carriage.
The population is becoming heavier and and EMS officials note that they need an ambulance that could handle bigger loads and to reduce injuries to paramedics from lifting.
According to Statistics Canada, the number of Canadians who are overweight or obese has risen dramatically in recent years, mirroring a worldwide phenomena. More than 20%, or six million Canadians are considered obese.
Calgarian Chad Campbell, who weighs more than 250kg (560 lbs), welcomed the new crash wagon, telling public broadcaster CBC it used to take four firemen and two paramedics to transport him to hospital.
I'm wondering how often those poor EMS staff have to cart Chad to the hospital. It's sad that they have to convert a forklift into a ambulance.
A regular ambulance is sized for patients weighing up to 160kg (350 lbs).
Friday, June 29, 2007
The survey was carried out for the Dominion Institute, which aims to boost knowledge of Canadian history and values. It said all high school students should have to pass a special citizenship exam before they can graduate.
The administrators are no longer working in the school, and it's not clear if they will return in the fall when classes resume, Toronto District School Board Chair Sheila Ward said in an interview last night.
The move came after Toronto lawyer Julian Falconer, appointed to head a high-profile inquiry following the murder in May of Jordan Manners at the Jane-Finch high school, relayed information about an alleged October incident to Gerry Connelly, director of education for the Toronto District School Board, on Wednesday.
The moves, along with more inspectors and a new mechanism to deal with disputes over winning tickets, follow recommendations made in Ontario Ombudsman André Marin's scathing report on lottery problems three months ago.
Among other things, Marin found about $100 million in lottery prizes over $50,000 went to lottery retailers and their employees between 1999 and 2006. The government has asked the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate.
Marin's probe was prompted by the case of the late Bob Edmonds, a retiree from Coboconk, Ont., who sued the lottery corporation claiming he was cheated out of a $250,000 winning ticket by a crooked store clerk in 2001.
The lottery corporation fought back, spending $400,000 on legal fees, but eventually settled with him. Edmonds died of cancer in early April at age 83, shortly after receiving a personal apology from a top lottery official.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin sported the dashing apparel beneath her whites during her victorious court 14 appearance.
An All England Club spokesman said undergarments can be any colour as long as they remain shorter than the skirt.
The husband, 45-year-old Michael Moylan, woke up with a head pain so severe he suspected he was having an aneurysm and asked his wife to take him to the emergency room.
The husband's record lists more than two dozen arrests from 1988 to 2005, mostly on charges of drunken driving and related episodes, including probation violations and driving with a suspended license.
His wife's record includes 13 arrests from 1987 to 2005. Her arrests include allegations of multiple drug violations, including the sale of cocaine; car theft; failure to appear in court; and DUI.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
It's hard to believe how much Israel contributed to this mess. Back in the days when Israel was battling Fatah, the Israelis encouraged Islamic fundamentalists in the territories to undermine Arafat. The Americans approved because they found the PLO to be too corrupt. So Hamas was formed but it grew to strong and popular so the Israelis and Americans switched allegiance and began supporting a weakened Fatah. So now we have an unpopular and weak Fatah being supported by foreigners. Where have we seen this before?
Don't policymakers ever study history?
In the end, the man was captured when he crashed the car into a ditch.