Shaun Francis

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Merit and Starting on Third Base

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:07 PM

If the world were a perfect place, we'd all be fully recognized, rewarded and appreciated for our hard work -- and talent and perseverance would be the only way to get ahead. But in our fast-track world, does merit always mean success? That's what the MeriTALKracy initiative is all about....

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Drummond's Dodge on Healthcare

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 1:01 PM

Amid the hubbub following the release of the Drummond Report, I can't help but think of one of the biggest financial scams of the past century: Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, which wiped out hundreds of formerly well-heeled investors. The lesson from Bernie? If something is too good to be true...

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Harper's Historic Health Care Pledge Meets Deaf Premiers

(18) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Harper's hands-off approach could be the most important change to health policy since Tommy Douglas.

Last week, the provincial premiers disclosed how they would respond to the Harper government's exciting new approach to medicare. The response indicates that, yet again, provincial politicians just don't...

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PSA Test: What Some Doctors Don't Want You to Know

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 1:03 PM

Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force made a recommendation that healthy men should no longer receive the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer, the most widely used and most effective test for the second-leading cause of cancer death in men.

They came to their...

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Harm Reduction Good, But Private Health Care Bad?

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:18 PM

Thanks to last Friday's Supreme Court decision, Vancouver's Insite safe injection site is now legal. That's a fascinating development in light of regulators' hostility to a comparatively benign, but no less innovative, health-care facility, this one located in Whitby, Ont.

The establishment, the Mom and Baby Care Depot, was founded...

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There Are High Flyers Who Deserve Military Jet Planes

(7) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 4:38 PM

Who knew amortization could be so lethal? If we've learned any lasting lessons over the past week, it's that accounting hyperbole can do as much damage to our military's reputation as a weapon wielded by an Afghan insurgent. Hyperbole is exactly what's being used by media as they target the...

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