Not so long ago, it seemed the medical profession had an untouchable image. Dignified, with wisdom beyond reproach, the white-coated doctor was right up there next to the saints. But the image is showing signs of wear. Increasing numbers of critics of the traditional approach to health care are heaping abuse on the profession for its arrogant aloofness, its conservatism and its apparent self-interest.
Readers of The Cottage Country (July 11), which quoted me, might get the idea that cottage life in the Gatineau Hills, north of Ottawa, is a “litany of woe,” as you put it. To support this conclusion the article cites three minor inconveniences such as black flies, an insignificant incident of vandalism and a break-in.
Ready or not, Canada is about to take another giant step in its long march toward total adoption of the metric system of weights and measures. By the end of next month, the mile will have officially vanished from most of the nation’s highways (in Manitoba, where a fall election looms, the changeover has been put off until April next year) and millions of Canadian motorists will be required by law to compute their speed in kilometres (rhymes with pillowbeaters) per hour (km/h).
If she were raised tomorrow, those who have seen her say she wouldn’t even need a new coat of paint. The icy waters of Lake Superior have protected her so well that for 66 years the luxury yacht Gunilda has not seen the light of day nor allowed anyone to claim her treasure.
Has the FBI helped perpetuate a dangerous myth about the distribution of American crime? Despite tetchy denials from the federal lawmen, that is the question being aired since a young criminologist came up with a startling new perspective on the relative safety of U.S. cities.
It used to be that the biggest jocks in any neighborhood were gents whose beer bellies were nurtured as carefully as the myths of their athletic prowess in younger years. But pinstripes and other styles of board-room chic have since replaced sweat shirts as the uniform of the superjock.
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