Monday, June 16, 2008

Ladner vs. Robertson

Congratulations to Gregor Robertson and condolances to Raymond Louie.

Robertson will now lead the Vision team into the coming civic election, and Louie will support him.

The Loud Senator has now backed two candidates who have failed his King Maker ambitions - first, Carole taylor, who wisely chose not to run, and then Al (Let me buy you a free breakfast and send you to vote on a fancy new bus) De Genova.


So it's Ladner vs. Robertson.

Hm. Your guess is as good as mine.

Meanwhile check out my new survey to the right of this page.

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The Toxic Work Environment

Headline: "Public Sector Workplace Toxic."


Depressions, disability claims and absences abound.

Absence and disability claims will happen when they are put into the equation. People will stay home and have mythic problems for the same reason that a dog licks himself - because they can.

In the private sector, these problems also exist but to a much smaller degree, because performance and results are the issue, not rule 175B-11a-minor.

And the biggest single issue in work environments - and one that is rarely discussed or understood - is power.

Especially how individuals use and usurp and misuse power.

Watch a receptionist, who should be warmly greeting people, turn her little desk fiefdom into WWIII.

Nobody is Nuttier tha the Shrinks

Psychiatry has a lot to answer for.

In its latest foray into mental health...

A three-year old child has her throat cut and a pillow put over her head right here in BC in 2001.

The murderer is her foster father, who twice had told doctors that he planned to cut the girl's throat and put a pillow over her head.

A doctor signed off on this murderer's foster parent report because he was assured by a psychiatrist that "THE DIAGNOSIS WAS MORE IN KEEPING WITH AN ADJUSTMENT DISORDER AND ANXIETY."

In spite of this hideous, irresponsible and deadly performance, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, who rarely find anything wrong with any of their peers (but are very good about keeping foreign doctors from qualifying as doctors here in doctor-starved BC), found that no physician or agency was responsible for this tragedy.

To add to the butt-covering, the Ministry of Children and Families, so ably mis-managed by the bumbling Tom Christensen, only took 7 years to deal with this case.

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