Being passed through the giant metal doughnut of a computerized tomography scanner, patients in a modern hospital might easily conclude that the wonderful advances in medical science surrounding them are responsible for Canadians living longer than ever.By WARREN CARAGATA5 min
More and more, we live in a digital world. The CDs we listen to store music as digital bits and bytes. When we use a debit card to pay for the week's groceries, funds are transferred digitally from our bank accounts to the store's. When we send an e-mail message to someone on the other side of the planet, digital bits carry our missive along sophisticated computer networks.
Dr. John Rottger had already worked a full week when, at 8 a.m. on a spring Saturday, he was back on call for 48 hours. He knew he would be in and out of the small hospital in Pincher Creek in southern Alberta virtually around the clock. By midnight Saturday, the 46-year-old father of three and stepfather of two was home and in bed—only to awaken to take three phone calls, go back to the hospital at 4 a.m. to check on a sick child and then again at 9 a.m. to do rounds.By MARY NEMETH8 min
We sell off most of our profitable companies, we allow our politicians to lie to us, and we take being Canadian for granted, treating the Maple Leaf as a flag of convenience—or more often, inconvenience. But there is one aspect of being Canadian that makes every citizen jump to attention: medicare.By Peter C. Newman4 min
About 20 years ago, an aspiring journalist used to listen for hours to stories from a family friend named Tracy Ludington. Tracy was in his mid-60s then, and his best anecdotes concerned the 1940s, when he was a prominent figure in Montreal journalism.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
The deep thinkers at the White House had a plan. By the last week of June, they thought, their boss would need a break—badly. Paula Jones’s sexual harassment lawsuit against him was set to start on May 27. It was sure to be messy and embarrassing.By ANDREW PHILLIPS7 min
Read as an indicator of health problems, statistics that track reasons for hospitalization generally set off warning signals in the Atlantic provinces. Their hospitalizations for respiratory problems, heart and stroke conditions, and tumors of all kinds are the highest in the country.By MARK NICHOLS4 min
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