31 July 2008

Purely coincidental

July 29.

1.  CBC:  "Too muggy to operate"

High humidity is creating a sticky situation in operating rooms in a western Newfoundland hospital, where a dozen procedures have been postponed.

July 31.

2.  Western Star: "Four days affected by humidity" (posted 1:33 AM)

Western Memorial Regional Hospital had to modify its surgical services for four days because of humidity.

3.  Globe and Mail (Canadian Press): "Surgery rescheduled due to high humidity" (posted early morning)

Dr. Minnie Wasmeier says the operating room schedule at Western Memorial Hospital was modified on July 11, 16, 17 and 25 because of an increased risk of infection during periods of high humidity and high temperatures.

4.  NLIS (government news service), "Progress being made on new Corner Brook hospital" (issued at 4:25 PM)

The Provincial Government is moving forward with plans to build a new hospital in Corner Brook with the announcement today that AMEC of St. John’s has been hired to undertake site investigation.

Backed by quotes from no less than four politicians:  public works minister Diane Whelan,  Premier Danny Williams (MHA for Humber West), finance minister Tom Marshall (MHA Humber East) and Terry Loder (MHA - Bay of Islands).

But... "Premier Danny Williams has not been available for interviews this week..." according to the Great Oracle of the Valley. 



babe in boyland said...

the vocm headline says "burke gets support from colleagues".

when burke gets support from enemies, THAT'S news.

WJM said...

Isn't putting your quote and name to a press release an invitation, and not even a tacit one, for a follow-up comment or interview?

Some enterprising reporter should call up the Premier, who is also a local MHA, for more in-depth comment from himself on this important matter.

Edward G. Hollett said...


That would be why I noted that.

It's the same as a two back to back CBC stories in which Burke was available and unavialable.

You are either one or the other, but you can't be both simultaneously.

At some point the Premier will have to deal with this. I suspect he'll stay invisible until the Hebron announcement.

Consider that a sign of just exactly how stinky a mess this is; after all, if the Premier was happy and delighted, he'd be crowing about the "world-class_ search for a "world-class" president" for the "world-class" university.

When he hides, he telegraphs his discomfort.

Of course, the sudden appearance of Steve marshall is sually a sign that the Premier is pissed off.

Steve is a bit like that button that pops out on some things to let you know the pressure inside is too high.

Steve pops up: Danny is bouncing off the walls.

WJM said...

Schrödinger's Cabinet Minister?