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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 09:50 AM   #1
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So, Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman was on CNN last night (April 24) blowing a gasket over the World Health Organization travel advisory for Toronto.

He said, "They don't know what they're talking about. I don't know who this group is, I never heard of them before. I'd never seen them before,"

It's the freakin' World Health Organization for crying out loud!!! They are world experts on health, illness and disease control. They do not simply issue statements at random and without medical knowledge to back it up.

It's too bloody bad that Toronto is taking it on the chin over SARS, but the disease needs to be contained. If that means trying to isolate the disease by urging people to stay away from some of the hot-spots for a while...so be it. Global health is a hell of a lot more important than Jays games and freakin' tourism.

Oh...and Mel...read a book or pick up a paper. The WHO is more than an old rock band.

What a moron.
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 10:12 AM   #2
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Well...Let's see, The W.H.O. didn't send anyone to Toronto to inspect the situation, Instead they based their findings on heresay.

That to me is slanderous and if I was in the government then I certainly would be seeking compensation for the lost revenues of the businesses in Toronto.

I think it's the W.H.O. that is the moron here.
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 10:18 AM   #3
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VGG, everytime I heard ML say "WHO" rather than "The W, H, O", I wanted to scream. Not even my son, who is not very aware of political events, asked why ML was talking about the rock band during a SARS news conference. Go figure. [img]tongue.gif[/img] Still, this is no laughing matter for all in the TO/Ontario/Canadian areas.
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 11:00 AM   #4
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Well...Let's see, The W.H.O. didn't send anyone to Toronto to inspect the situation, Instead they based their findings on heresay.
The W.H.O. does not issue travel advisories based on hearsay or political motivation. Along with the CDC in Atlanta, the W.H.O. is one of the most important health organizations in the world.

For anyone to b!tch and moan that the advisory should not have been issued because it might hurt the bottom line is an idiot (IMHO). Stopping the spread of a mysterious and deadly disease is a hell of a lot more important than Bay Street's bottom line.
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 11:52 AM   #5
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the W.H.O has softened their stance that they fully informed and communicated with Canadian officials about the advisory

they now admit there were communication delays/errors and that they were at fault for them

CBC News - The National, Wed. April 24, 2003
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 12:18 PM   #6
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That's our Mel!

Just wait 'till the Xanax wears off! [img]graemlins/ptptptptptpt.gif[/img]
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 12:23 PM   #7
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Yes, Mel is an idiot (no news there).

WHO also acted in a bizarre and uncharacteristic manner. Don Low thinks its because they needed to take the heat off China but I have no idea why. The fact is that there is only one case of confirmed SARS that cannot be linked to the index case. One. Un. Uno. Ein. No other infections have occurred from that case. The number of new infections in the past week is tiny. Toronto is very likely over the worst (until the next index case caused by someone flying in).

Toronto public health has also done some odd things. They report cumulative totals rather than new cases and they quote suspected and probably together. Together, this gives the impression that the situation is out of control.

On top of all this, we have a bunch of infection control specialists who think they are gods gift to television and provide conflicting advice, over-the-top reactions and lack perspective.

This needed leadership from the beginning. Six weeks later, its just starting to appear. Of course, the people who will suffer as a consequence are not limited to Toronto.....

BTW, I'm all for professional sports teams avoiding Toronto. It only affects the Jays and they are unable to get more than 30% of the seats filled at the SkyDome.
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 12:32 PM   #8
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Did anyone read the article in Saturday's Globe comparing the reaction of Vancouver and Toronto to the original carriers?

Both cities had a single case on about the same day in late February. Vancouver immediately issued advisories to hospitals, put the patient into a separate ward, and instituted Mask orders immediately. I case. Van officials admit they were also lucky; the patient was not very contageous when he was in public prior to hospitalisation.

Toronto did none of these things, and didn't issue advisories to other hospitals for about 2 weeks. Many cases.

Mel would be better spending his political currency finding out why Toronto hospitals did what they did and how to prevent such things in the future.
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Hepatitis C <=> Mel
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Old Apr 25th, 2003, 01:40 PM   #10
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GG,
Vancouver's infection rate has climbed of late.
Some new carriers arrived recently.
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