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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hockey players get special treatment::why????

I am outraged to hear that the entire Calgary Flames hockey team received special treatment.These players all got to have innoculations against the  H1N1 flu, while the rest of us had to sit for hours in line,only to be told we could not get the innoculation because they had run out of it!! Why are hockey players so much better than the rest of us? These players truly engage in behavior on the ice, which places them above the law as it is.If you or I were physically fighting on the street, we would get arrested. Now we find out that for some reason someone in the Alberta Government allowed these players (many who were not even born or live in Canada during the offseason), to jump ahead of those who really need to get the innoculation (young children,pregnant women and people with health issues). This is another example of the failure of the Stelmach Government in Alberta, to show any kind of leadership or ethics or morals in this province!

Updates: It seems Pro Athletes in other parts of Canada are also getting "Special treatment".

Abbotsford pro hockey team queue-jumps for H1N1 vaccine:

"A doctor's decision to vaccinate members of the Abbotsford Heat professional hockey team against H1N1 was inappropriate and against provincial guidelines, B.C.'s chief medical health officer says.

Dr. Perry Kendall said Wednesday there has been no directive to give priority vaccinations to professional or amateur sports teams ahead of those more at risk and he will be speaking with the doctor involved."

source: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Abbotsford+hockey+team+queue+jumps+H1N1+vaccine/2184804/story.html

It now seems someone in Alberta has been held for responsible for this situation with the Calgary Flames: the question is whether or not the right party or parties in this shameful incident will

be punished!

"Alberta health official fired over Calgary Flames getting special flu vaccine
EDMONTON — Alberta's health board sacked one staffer Wednesday and said more punishment may be on the way for those who let Calgary Flames players, management and family members jump the H1N1 vaccine queue.
"Like most Albertans, I am deeply offended that this circumstance has occurred," Ken Hughes, chairman of Alberta Health Services, said in a news release."
"The decision to allow preferential access to the Flames and their families was a serious error in judgment."
Hughes said the "most senior staff member involved" was dismissed, but didn't name the person or detail how the Flames were able to avoid long lineups last week and get the vaccination at a separate spot."
source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iBQZhUR7oqchnaFNm2DbdcPCDt5w

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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.