It seems wrong to say I rarely read Rosie DiManno in the Toronto Star—and in the same breath—say I rarely disagree with her. Maybe it is her way with the first 1000 words that leave me exhausted and hardly prepared for the next couple 1000 words. I can, for example, wish her well in her quest for cataract surgery. I got ahead of her in line for this procedure because I live outside of Toronto. I do hope she has a better ophthalmologist than I had.
I complained to a doctor with a different specialty about him. This guy listened as I explained that, when in Toronto, I lived across the street from an ophthalmologist. This guy would always make sure I understood the why and where-fore for every procedure. He had my full confidence for everything he did with my eyes.
The specialist laughed. “You mean, he was ‘old school,’ he said.
Ever since, when seeing a doctor, I ask for the ‘old school’ treatment.
After all, I am old school myself.
But—back to the subject—Rosie is wrong about Doug Ford. The reason health care in Ontario is not working is because of Doug Ford and those schmucks in his government. The pandemic was just getting a grip on us after Ford won that 2018 provincial election. Their first actions were to cut back on everything. They took money from the poor. They took money from our hospitals. They took money from programs for autistic children. They kept our nurses and teachers to a one per cent raise in pay. They were mean and cruel and uncaring.
Rosie thinks Ford is right because he thinks the status quo is not working. The question is, is that the status quo with the Ford government, or the status quo with a caring government? Would it help if there was a competent government? Maybe the Ford government was more interested in opportunities for friendly developers than in meeting the needs of the workers. You did notice, did you not, that there was no one-per cent hold up for the Ontario Medical Association? They can put the tribute to Ford on his tombstone: He made our ophthalmologists millionaires.
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