Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Due to changes made by the Harper government, tens of thousands of Canadians may die.

The Gazetteer: Stephen Harper's Canada.....Worse Than Listeriosis?
"And listeriosis may be the least of it. The same November 2007 Cabinet decision that handed self-inspection to the owners of meat plants did the same for operators of animal feed mills and cut back the avian influenza preparedness program. Yet bad animal feed led to the epidemic of bovine spongiform encephalitis (mad cow disease), and in an influenza pandemic tens of thousands of Canadians may die. Listeriosis pales in comparison. Overall, it would seem that, as a country, Canada is far less prepared now for epidemics than in the past......"

1 comment:

Gazetteer said...

Thor--

And the first paragraph I cited is just as scary - reversing (yes reversing) policies that were put in place after SARS to help increase efficiencies in response to acute public health castastrophes.

(Thanks for the link)

RossK