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Alberta Diary: A mystery that won’t go away: Why do Alberta patients still face such long waits for lung surgery?

A horse with a silver blaze, curried mutton and a dog that did nothing in the night-time helped Sherlock Holmes get to the bottom of a mysterious death. Will it take a legendary detective to uncover the problem with lung surgeries in Alberta? Below: Dr. Verna Yiu; Dr. Raj Sherman; Dr. Ciaran McNamee.

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Alberta Diary: Queue-jumping inquiry report surely wounds Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman

Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith, looking for all the world like a future premier, lands a few easy punches on the government after the release yesterday of the health care queue-jumping inquiry report. Below: Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman and former AHS CEO Stephen Duckett, both assailed in the report by Commissioner John . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Queue-jumping inquiry report surely wounds Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman

Alberta Diary: Despite neocon flameout distraction, Redford Tory bumbling dominates Alberta news

Neocon Icarus Tom Flanagan (appropriately covered, thank goodness) at right, falls to earth after flying too close to the sun. Preston Manning hovers nearby. The flameout of actual neoconservative avatars may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Health Minister Fred Horne, Education Minister Jeff Johnson, and retired judge John Z. Vertes, who are . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Despite neocon flameout distraction, Redford Tory bumbling dominates Alberta news

Alberta Diary: Why is Alberta’s medical queue-jumping inquiry uninterested in dramatic 1990s case?

Dr. Ron Bridges of the Helios Wellness Clinic testifying yesterday in a screen grab from CBC’s broadcast. Below, Dr. Ciaran McNamee, who hasn’t been called to testify.

What are we to make of the fact Alberta’s preferential health care access inquiry has failed to call a witness who was at the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Why is Alberta’s medical queue-jumping inquiry uninterested in dramatic 1990s case?

Alberta Diary: Alberta queue-jumping inquiry update: Who pays $10,000 a year for yoga and diet advice?

Members of the public line up at Forzani and MacPhail Colon Cancer Screening Centre. While it is true there are no actual well-heeled clients of the Helios Wellness Clinic in this lineup, actual lines of Calgarians awaiting medical tests may nevertheless not be exactly as illustrated. Below. Retired justice John Z. Vertes (Radio . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Alberta queue-jumping inquiry update: Who pays $10,000 a year for yoga and diet advice?