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Everything new is old again

Jay Esbe, 03.12.2009 00:40

The global elite who really make policy and determine who will be President, wisely chose to abandon “plausible deniability” under the cover of Bush’s incredible visage of moronic incompetence, for a front-man beyond –apparent- reproach. But the new visage is already showing cracks.

Left Progressive Bias Aganist police

Anthony Sarganis, 03.12.2009 00:11

This article is about the bias againt police in inreporting incidents that much of the the left progressive media has

Peace Groups Use New Resource To Keep Track of over 100 protests As Outrage Grows

Marcia Bernsten, 02.12.2009 23:47

December 2, 2009 -- Peace and Anti-war groups all over the U.S. protesting the announcement last night by President Obama of an escalation in the number of troops to be deployed to Afghanistan. Protests began with a mass vigil and march near the West Point Military Academy where President Obama made the announcement, followed by nearly 100 Response Protests by groups across the country in locations that span from Bangor Maine to Honolulu Hawaii and includes most major cities in the United States.

RIGHTS: ‘Girls Discovered’ Highlights Plight of Teenagers

ELEONORE MEYER, 02.12.2009 22:48

IDN-InDepthNews Service

BERLIN (IDN) - Together with the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the London-based Maplecroft has launched the first online resource that spotlights plight of 600 million teenager girls around the world.

Eskalation beim Prozess gegen Feldbefreier, Kitzingen, 30.11.2009

sw, 02.12.2009 22:29

Prozess gegen die Feldbefreier Stefan M., Mathias J. und Michael P.

Huelga contra Continental General Tire, lucha justa de los obreros en Ecuador

Renán Proaño Muñoz, 02.12.2009 20:27

Escrito que presente una breve cronología de los echos suscitados alrededor de la paralización de 450 obreros de la Compañia Ecuatoriana del Caucho ERCO. La producción de esta empresa bordea las 6000 llantas diarias, que se comericializan en 17 países. La planta cuenta con alrededor de 800 trabajadores.

Call to the Peoples of México to Organize the Revocation of the Presidency of Felipe Calderón

By More than 300 Organizations and Signers, 02.12.2009 20:03

"Given these circumstances, we need a patriotic transformation and a democratization of the political system, the economy and the culture that can confront this deep crisis of our country and the problems of the Mexican people. We need a transformation that will push out the bourgeois oligarchy and the political class that governs the state and the imperialist domain of Mexico. There is a need to construct a new majority that includes all of the patriotic forces that will install a new government and a new state. A new majority that is capable of taking back control and the property of the productive forces and strategic resources of the nation, and also able to guarantee sustainable development, social justice, national sovereignty, the autonomy of the indigenous pueblos and the practice of popular democracy."

Pravda: Social Democracy Is Dying

Francisco Münzink, 02.12.2009 19:15

Social Democracy Is Dying Social Democracy, Pillar of US Hegemony in Europe, Is Dying .... Now that the Lisbon Treaty will enter into force this week, it may be concluded that the social democrats have completed their handiwork by destroying the last remnants of European Civilization. The first blow was delivered by the governments that pulled their countries into a European Civil War in 1914. The “Great War” almost destroyed Europe. The second blow came from that other adulterated version of socialism, national socialism. By pretending to save Europe, the nazis delivered it another mortal blow, but still Europe recovered. The third and final blow to Europe was given by the social democrats. For the past decades, the social democrats have been betraying their voters while acting like vultures, raking in the crumbs from the collapsing welfare state. The state they had themselves been instrumental in building up.

Número 5 del boletín ·Ruptura· en la calle - Diciembre de 2009

Grupo Ruptura, 02.12.2009 19:09

Por la ruptura del aislamiento, contra la absorción democrática.

Will Local Government Assist in the Creation of a National Pollutant Carcinogen Exposure Reduction Program?

Don Hassig, Director, Cancer Action NY and Cancer Action Network, 02.12.2009 18:00

Cancer Action's Don Hassig calls upon local New York State government to assist with creating cancer prevention education that focuses on reducing exposure to pollution that causes cancer.


Antonella Antonecchia, 02.12.2009 17:19

Mall hosts human rights fundraiser.
What do Ice Skating and Human Rights have in common? Florida?

a fraternity of liars, 02.12.2009 13:54

liars .“Teaching medical students to lie”.(Can Med Assoc J 1997;156:219-22), by Dr. Tara A. Young:

University of Toronto: Faculty of Medicine - a fraternity of liars!

meverett, 02.12.2009 13:44

liars club "teaching medical students to lie", where students are actually "graded " on how well they tell the lies, ...

Most doctors don't know what medicines seniors are taking

Tom Arnold, 02.12.2009 13:18

Harmful Drugs You of all people MUST get the message out to all people across this country and the world that our elderly are being sabotaged by our doctors by them pushing pills on them and getting them addicted to a variety of anti- anxiety, anti-depressants and other drugs such as sleeping pills and the list goes on and on...

Drogue : sa seule force est notre ignorance !

Galibert Robert, 02.12.2009 12:19

Stand info drogue à Marseille rue St Ferréol Marseille : samedi 28 novembre rue St Ferréol, le 5 décembre sur la Place Castellane ou le 12 Place Bougainville à la sortie du métro, chaque semaine les bénévoles de l’association « Non à la drogue, oui à la vie » installent leur stand de prévention et d’information sur le danger des drogues.

VIEWPOINT ON DEFENCE: New ‘Technology’ Explored


IDN-InDepthNews Service

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (IDN) - At his recent state dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the issue of nuclear proliferation and said: “We should cooperate in addressing global challenges of combating terrorism…and moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”

VIEWPOINT ON DEFENCE: New ‘Technology’ Explored


IDN-InDepthNews Service

FAIRFIELD, IOWA (IDN) - At his recent state dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the issue of nuclear proliferation and said: “We should cooperate in addressing global challenges of combating terrorism…and moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Bad Debts and PSU Banks

Dr.A.Prabaharan, Research Director, Public Action, 02.12.2009 07:33

The public sector banks are smashing all doom predictions and leaping forward. Despite the revenue addition and steady growth there are several loopholes. One of the grave gap is that bad debts which are mostly forced by rich, mighty and powerful.

America’s Out of Control Health System

Tyler Head, 02.12.2009 05:41

This article simply touches upon the decaying tragedy, that is our health care system, here in the United States.

California State University Students Short Changed by the Budget Crisis

Lauren Faulkner, 02.12.2009 05:37

As a portion of an overall strategy to address the unprecedented $584 million dollar funding reduction called for by Gov. Schwarzenegger, the CSU has proposed a two-day per month furlough for all employees, including management and executives. Faculty furlough days within the CSU system are having a severe adverse effect on the overall educational experience of college students across California.

Domestic Violence Victims Excluded by Health Insurance Companies

Tracena Webster, 02.12.2009 04:06

health insurance companies in 8 states have been found to deny or drop women who are victims of domestic violence

Murders and Illegal Border Crossing by Bush’s Administration

Trinity Cambon, 02.12.2009 03:59

This article is about during Bush's Administration he illegally crossed the Syria border and innocent people were killed.

2nd Humboldt Anarchist book fair

Anarchy Andrew, 02.12.2009 02:36

The Anarchist Book Fair will once again be held at the Manila Community
Center. It’s from 10am to 6 pm with speakers, workshops, and presenters all day.
Just like last year there will be free food and a kids’ corner. Tablers
will include publishers,community organizations that will be selling books and sharing zines you wont find in the local library.
Come to learn, mingle, have fun, and meet folks. But what ever the
reason, come. All are welcome.

Little change made about diversity at Sonoma State

Ariana White, 02.12.2009 01:11

Sonoma State University has intentionally targeted people from higher-income families to be probable students. This university has been doing this for the past decade and from being of current student for the past four years I have seen little change. In February 2009 there was a report that came out that stated Sonoma State University is the “whitest” public institution in California.

Open letter: MP's, Monty Pythons and Film Directors support Aminatou Haidar

Free Western Sahara Network, 02.12.2009 00:20

Former Monty Python, Terry Jones and film director Ken Loach have joined British MP's and human rights campaigners in signing an open letter (published in today's Guardian), calling on Morocco to immediately allow hunger striking Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Aminatou Haidar, to return to her country.

Did you Tweet at the G20? Take Our Survey!

tapatio development team, 01.12.2009 23:53

The Tapatio Development Team would like all users of the tapatio system during the G20 protests to take our quick survey!


Francis J. Joung, 01.12.2009 23:50

ISRAELI-ARMY-NEW-INTERNET-FRONT The IDF is not content with the two major fronts it already operates in, the Occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They have ‘moved their troops’ onto the Internet and will be “fighting enemies on Facebook and Twitter”. The Internet has been ‘training ground’ for various hasbara activities, but this is a first, almost a declaration of war…..

9/11 'Mastermind': Dim Prospect For A Fair Trial

Enver Masud, 01.12.2009 23:11

Don't expect the trial judge to admit hard facts that cast "reasonable doubt" on the case against KSM. Given Fenstermaker's experience, and the defence lawyer's failure to make use of evidence that contradicts the government in the Moussaoui trial, the prospect for a fair trial for KSM appear dim.

COUNTDOWN TO COPENHAGEN: Misinformation or Disinformation?

RAMESH JAURA, 01.12.2009 22:59

IDN-InDepthNews Service

BERLIN (IDN) – Call it misinformation or disinformation. The industrialised countries are insisting that the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 and that the foundations of a new treaty, the so-called post-Kyoto agreement, should be laid at the forthcoming UN climate change conference.

Building a Mass Movement: Save the Planet, Fight Racism

REG, 01.12.2009 21:22

Some thoughts on going about building a mass movement around saving the planet from global warming and environmental destruction, and fighting racism and white supremacy.

A doctor is history's worst serial killer

SexPatients, 01.12.2009 20:28

Ethical Issues

Abenduak 12, 360.000 arrazoiengatik MARTXAN/ El 12 de diciembre por 360000 razones MARTXAN

Zallako Gazte Asanblada, 01.12.2009 19:40

gureametsak360000 Tras la peticion "historica" de 360000€, lxs jovenes de Zalla se ponen en martxa para denunciar esta situacion

AIDS Activists to Obama and Fenty: Your Decisions are Failing People Living with HIV “Funeral” Staged at White House, Creative Action At DC’s City Hall: 12 noon Assembly at Lafayette Park

Jennifer Alice Flynn, 01.12.2009 17:31

AIDS Activists march to White House on World AIDS Day 2009 On World AIDS Day, December 1 2009, AIDS activists gathered in front of the White House and then marched to DC’s Wilson Building with a clear message for President Obama and Mayor Fenty: “maintain the current, flawed course and millions will die—or fix the system and they will live.”


CESAR ACHING GUZMAN, 01.12.2009 16:58

Estados Unidos como artífice y creador del golpe de Estado en contra del Presidente Constitucional Manuel Zelaya,...

Medical Secrets Revisited Authors, 01.12.2009 16:46

The medical complaints system is cloaked in secrecy. Of 13,000 complaints lodged against doctors, 99 per cent were either dismissed or handled in secret by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Motion tabled in British Parliament in support of hunger striking Western Saharan Nobel Prize nominee

Free Western Sahara Network, 01.12.2009 16:31

British MP's have signed a motion today in Parliament in support of Aminatou Haidar who is now in the third week of her hunger strike. Celebrities including film director Ken Loach and ex-Monty Python, Terry Jones also signed open letters calling on the Moroccans to allow her back to her country

How system helps shield bad doctors - TheStar Award Winning Medical Secrets Series


Medical Secrets Of 13,000 complaints lodged against doctors, 99 per cent were either dismissed or handled in secret by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Australian Parents Call for International Parental Child Abduction Laws

Ken Thompson, 01.12.2009 13:02

Andrew Thompson was abducted from Australia by Melinda Thompson in April 2008. Australia has the highest per capita rate in the developed world of children abducted internationally by a non-custodial parent.

International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) is not a crime in Australia. This makes it extremely difficult for abducted children to be found and returned.

The Family Law Association has been joined by national and international parenting groups and missing children organization to have new anti-child abduction laws introduced.

Australian Parents Call for International Parental Child Abduction Laws

Ken Thompson, 01.12.2009 12:31

Melinda Thompson abducted Andrew Thompson from Australia in April 2008 Australia has the highest per capita rate in the developed world of children abducted internationally by a parent without the consent of the other parent.

International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA)is not a crime under Australian law. This makes it extremely difficult for children abducted from Australia to be found and returned.

The Family Law Reform Association and several national and international parenting and missing children groups are now calling on the Australian Government to introduce new anti-child-abduction laws.

10 Years of Indymedia: Where To From Here?

Strypey, 01.12.2009 11:30

November 30, 2009 is the tenth anniversary of the founding of the global indymedia network. This seems like a good time to remember how it all came about, take stock of where things are at, and strategize for the coming years.

Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen, Brilliantly Joyful Christmas

Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen, 01.12.2009 09:17

Christmas in the Millennium Hotel The Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen has made an abundant variety of Christmas preparations to welcome everyone into a festive holiday.

The Bankers Own The Earth [Updated]

CitizenZer0 Vigilante Journalism, 01.12.2009 01:40

Money never truly belongs to any lone individual and it is in fact a shared social communal resource that is an essential part of the basis for forming a community. The custodianship of money is a sacred trust that we must always honor and protect to the full extent of our ability.

BRD-Grüne: KUNDUS - Was wusste Merkel?

Francis Dubridge, 30.11.2009 23:14

Was wusste Merkel ? Die Grünen wollen von der Kanzlerin persönlich Auskunft zum Luftangriff in Afghanistan. Der geplante Untersuchungsausschuss sei aber "keine Guillotine, sondern ein Aufklärungsinstrument". Die Bekräftigungen von Verteidigungsminister Karl Theodor zu Guttenbert, der Luftangriff vom 7. September in Afghanistan werde erneut untersucht, genügen den Grünen nicht. Die Oppositionspartei hat Kanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) aufgefordert, die Rolle des Kanzleramts nach dem Luftangriff in Afghanistan zu klären. ... Merkel regiert – eiskalt .....


JEROME MWANDA, 30.11.2009 21:44

IDN-InDepthNews Service

NAIROBI (IDN) - Developing nations are faced with huge economic and financial problems and need funds and technical cooperation from Europe and the United States. But this is only one aspect of reality. They have meanwhile acquired a higher profile in world economy and in global decision-making.

GLOBAL ECONOMY: ‘Put Development First’

NIRODE MASSON, 30.11.2009 21:42

IDN-InDepthNews Service

GENEVA (IDN) - A leading think-tank has called for a moratorium on preferential trade agreements between the industrialised and developing countries, arguing that such accords curtail the ability of developing countries to deploy effective policies for development.

Mariano Abarca Roblero opponent leader to the Canadian mining company Blackfire was assasinated in Chiapas

Maria Sanchez, 30.11.2009 21:27

Today 27th of November of 2009, around 20:30 Sr Mariano Abarca Roblero was assassinated cowardly in front of his house in the municipal community of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, Mexico. According to testifiers, a person on a motorcycle fired Mariano with a gun. Orlando Velazquez who accompanied him was injured severely and was translated to a hospital of Comitan. Mariano Abarca leaves behind his wife and four children.

This Way Out: 2 memoirs of survival &amp; recovery + A movie &quot;Dare&quot;

Overnight Productions (Inc.), 30.11.2009 21:13

Gay Asian Canadian writer Wilson Choy's life is "Not Yet" over (the 70-year-old survivor of 2 near-death heart attacks chats about his new memoir in the first of a reflective 2-part conversation); Janet Mason reviews Mary Cappello's "Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life"; how the hit 2005 gay festival short "Dare" became a 2009 feature film that challenges audiences to take risks.

How system helps shield bad doctors

The Star, 30.11.2009 21:05 Of 13,000 complaints lodged against doctors, 99 per cent were either dismissed or handled in secret by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Taken from May. 5, 2001. 07:48 AM Toronto, Canada ROBERT CRIBB, RITA DALY AND LAURIE MONSEBRAATEN STAFF REPORTERS Medical Secrets You've just been diagnosed with cancer. You're scheduled for surgery in a few weeks by a doctor you hardly know. In Ontario - and across Canada - provincial laws governing doctors say you can't find out if your surgeon has been hauled before the physicians' watchdog for complaints of malpractice, even for the exact operation you're facing. You aren't told if the surgeon is under investigation now, or has a spotless record. The medical complaints system is cloaked in secrecy. Since discipline procedures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario can take three years, some dangerous doctors continue practising without patients knowing there may be a risk. In the last six years, the college investigated 13,000 complaints about doctors. Of those, 99 per cent were either dismissed outright or handled internally and in secret. We can learn nothing about them. The college, which says it is bound by privacy provisions in the Regulated Health Professions Act, will not reveal the names of the doctors involved, how many had complaints against them, the nature of the complaints or how they were handled. The only window into a doctor's competence, integrity and past professional conduct is a public disciplinary hearing conducted by the college. A Toronto Star investigation shows that since 1994, when new legislation governing doctors came into effect, only 141 complaints have reached this stage. Of 13,000 complaints lodged against doctors, 99 per cent were either dismissed or handled in secret by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Data on those cases, compiled by The Star using the college's public records, reveal a disciplinary system that typically hands out lenient penalties, rarely revokes licences, can take years to render decisions and puts doctors on higher legal footing than complainants. The Star's data show that 111 doctors have been found guilty of offences ranging from fraud, drugging and sexually assaulting patients and missed diagnoses, some causing death. Of those, 34 received the college's maximum penalty - licence revocation. The majority of sanctions handed out were suspensions averaging less than three months or reprimands, usually with some conditions, such as cash fines, additional training or letters of apology. Ontario's college took an average of three years to reach those decisions - tied with Manitoba as the slowest medical disciplinary system in Canada. The overwhelming majority of Ontario's 20,480 practising doctors - skilled professionals dedicated to meeting the highest standards of care - has never been the subject of a college disciplinary hearing. They may face a minor complaint or two over the years but for the most part their records are clean. But some physicians who have done great harm are allowed to continue practising. Dr. Kenneth Bradley, a former Milton chief surgeon, was twice was found guilty of medical negligence involving patients who died. Still, Bradley kept his licence and later moved to Virginia, where he was implicated in another four deaths. Dr. Stanley Dobrowolski, a London, Ont., psychiatrist, was disciplined three times for sexually related offences. He is still treating patients. Dr. Anthony Laws, who practises in Oakville, falsified documents to cover up his role in the death of a 14-year-old patient under his care. People who feel they have been harmed by a physician can seek damages through the courts. But the self-governing College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is the only authority that can suspend or revoke a doctor's licence. The Ontario Medical Association, which speaks for the province's doctors, believes the college is doing an ``exemplary job'' of protecting the public and guiding the profession. Dr. Alex Schumacher, the OMA's immediate past president, says the low discipline rate is a reflection of the province's high licensing standards compared to other jurisdictions. But the college itself acknowledges the system should be more open and must resolve patient complaints more quickly. `We have to act before the public loses confidence.' - Dr. Rocco Gerace President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario ``We have to act before the public loses confidence,'' says college president Dr. Rocco Gerace. And that means getting tougher on dangerous doctors, say some college members. ``Clearly there has been less than effective identification of those (doctors) who have serious problems that need addressing,'' says Dr. David Walker, dean of health sciences at Queen's University and co-chair of the college's complaints committee. Last year in Ontario, 21 doctors had their licences revoked or suspended. During the same period, Michigan, with a similar number of physicians, suspended or revoked the licences of 102 doctors. In Massachusetts, another comparable jurisdiction, it was 45. In Ontario and elsewhere, most doctors can keep practising while they are being investigated. But in a growing number of states, information about doctors under investigation is posted on Web sites for anyone to see. Gerace doesn't think the American focus on discipline gets to the heart of the matter. ``Their measure of success is their percentage of discipline referrals. I would suggest to you that a discipline referral is a failure. ``We have to balance the will of the public for revenge - an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - versus what's best for the public interest, which is having doctors deliver better care. Do we need to have a few examples out there? Just beat someone up?'' Gerace says that while U.S. jurisdictions rely solely on discipline, Ontario has developed unique programs to assess and retrain doctors whose skills are lacking. The philosophy reflects the college's belief that most doctors who have made clinical mistakes are anxious to improve and will become better doctors through education rather than punishment. But according to a recent government report about the discipline process, there is no system in place to ensure this approach is actually working. The government-commissioned report expressed concerns that the quality assurance program ``may not be the appropriate response'' for patient complaints about doctors. And since the process is handled entirely behind closed doors, there's no way patients or the public can judge whether their complaint was handled adequately. That secrecy is only lifted when complaints trigger disciplinary hearings. In the past six years, the majority of those hearings - 77 out of 141 - concerned sexual misconduct, followed by cases involving patient deaths (19), and psychological harm inflicted by doctors (10). Other offences that went to disciplinary hearings included fraud, physical injuries and faulty record keeping. The focus on sex-related cases reflects the college's zero-tolerance policy, adopted in 1994 following a provincial government task force that estimated 10 per cent of Ontario doctors had sexually abused a patient at some time. The Star data show that 25 of the 61 doctors found guilty of sex-related complaints had their licences revoked, 24 received suspensions averaging 3* months, 10 received reprimands and two quit their practices. Zero tolerance covers anything from inappropriate touching to consensual intercourse to rape. The Ontario Medical Association is currently challenging this policy before the courts as a Charter of Rights and Freedoms issue. The Star data shows that in at least four cases, physicians allowed to continue practising went on to repeat the same offence. Dobrowolski, the psychiatrist from London, Ont., is a prime example. He has appeared before the college three times since 1994 on complaints ranging from hugging, kissing, fondling and sexual intercourse with patients. At his second appearance, in 1996, the panel concluded Dobrowolski demonstrated ``an extremely worrisome pattern of behaviour.'' Dobrowolski received a short suspension and two reprimands but never lost his licence. He continues to treat patients in London. ``It (the disciplinary system) is such an unpleasant process from the point of view of a physician that even just talking about it brings back bad memories,'' he said, when contacted by The Star. ``You try and put it behind you and get on with life.'' Many doctors see the college as an adversary that often dishes out unwarranted punishment. Of the 19 cases of death under physician care that reached the disciplinary committee since 1994, no fault was found in five. In the other 14 deaths since 1994, the college did lay blame on substandard care. Three of the 14 doctors had their licences revoked, while the rest were handed reprimands or given short licence suspensions. On Aug. 20, 1993, Tom and Patricia Bain buried their only son, 14-year-old Jonathan. At the time, the Mississauga couple were told his death was caused by a viral infection. The family contends that tests later revealed prescribed drugs caused the teenager's death. They complained to the college that Oakville physician Anthony Laws covered it up. Throughout the process, Laws continued to practise with a clean record. College documents show Laws first prescribed the drug Cylert, which has been linked to liver problems, to treat Jonathan's Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in 1992. In July, 1993, the boy was admitted to hospital with severe liver problems. He died after undergoing two liver transplants. Following the teen's death, tissue tests revealed Cylert was the cause of Jonathan's liver failure, according to the family. The Bains complained to the college that Laws ``never told us of the risk in advance, he never monitored our son when he was on the drug, he never ordered blood tests despite the risks.'' The Bains are upset that Laws prescribed Ritalin, another ADD drug, along with Cylert. ``He was experimenting with our son,'' Tom Bain told The Star. But at the hearing, medical competence wasn't the focus. The panel was more concerned about Laws' conduct after Jonathan's death, ruling that he falsified letters to the Bains' family doctor and entries in Jonathan's chart and failed to warn them about the risks of liver failure. ``Our complaint was never dealt with because our complaint was never for forgery, falsification or perjury,'' Bain says. ``It was for the medical aspect.'' In June, 1999, Laws was found guilty of professional misconduct and handed a six-month suspension, reduced to three for meeting conditions such as seeking psychiatric treatment and upgrading his skills. `He should have been revoked.' - Tom Bain referring to the family's complaint about Dr. Anthony Laws `(Laws) felt the disciplinary decision was fair and he didn't have any complaint about the process.' - Tom Curry Laws' lawyer ``He should have been revoked,'' says Bain. ``The system failed us.'' Tom Curry, the Toronto lawyer representing Laws, said his client ``felt the disciplinary decision was fair and he didn't have any complaint about the process.'' Like all complainants, the Bains had no official standing before the college, acting merely as witnesses in the case. College lawyers, much like crown attorneys, act on behalf of the system, not the individual. Complainants cannot call witnesses or ask questions. If complainants want their own legal advice, they must pay for it themselves. On the other side of the room, money is no object for doctors. The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), which represents more than 90 per cent of doctors in Ontario, picks up the tab for top legal representation. Doctors, in turn, are reimbursed with public money for most of the insurance premiums they pay. This year, it is expected the province will pay just under $70 million out of total malpractice premiums of about $100 million. ``I've walked out of college hearings thinking physicians are protected far more than they deserve,'' says Toronto lawyer Barry Swadron, who has represented several clients in complaints against physicians. ``Doctors stick together. If a fight is involved, the odds against the victim are astronomical.'' College president Gerace dismisses the claims of a power imbalance between doctors and complainants, saying the system is designed to protect the public interest. ``The analogy is the criminal system. If someone gets drunk and kills my child, I want to be a party to that but I'm not. The prosecutor is there to protect the public interest,'' he says. ``We're there to ensure that either a physician is found to be okay or is found to be wanting and that the correct steps are taken.'' Investigative reporter Robert Cribb can be reached at:

Dec. 8 March and Campaign for Justice in Guinea

Tommy M, 30.11.2009 20:23

Join the NY Guinean community on Dec 8, come to the Harlem fundraiser on Dec. 9. Not in NY? Help by writing letters to politicians and press. See

Here in New York Alliance Guinea has joined forces with the Guinean Forces Vives in the US and our friends Kadiatou Diallo and Norman Siegel of the Amadou Diallo Foundation to form the "September 28 Coalition for Justice and Democracy in Guinea."

Alert on doctors and sex

By ADRIAN ROLLINS, 30.11.2009 20:10

Patient abuses

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