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- - February 29, 2012 at 22:26:20
@CM: I disagree with you, I did a CAPP medical a year and a half ago, out of physicians on the OSSC list only one place offered the CAPP medical. The Seafarers' medical is as comprehensive or more so than the CAPP medical and must be reviewed by Health Canada before being issued (the administrating physician only gives a Provisional Medical until the other is issued by Health Canada). What a blood and urinary analysis proves for a medical that is valid for a couple of years means absolutely nothing, especially for a training course and where other courses at the facility do not require a blood and urinary analysis. Besides the Offshore Industry, who regulate themselves, do random blood and urinary analysis which will pick up on any concerns they may have. You do not have to worry about an empty seat with the long line of those waiting, although people do drop out from time to time, it's mostly due to offshore work scheduling and is made up on a later date--courses such as the BST are mandatory outright while other courses are mandatory in relation to trades. And CM, you do not address the transportation issue, I asked about this when I went to registrar and was bluntly told that OSSC never had that problem before, personally I don't buy that line, I have a problem with affordable transportation there and I doubt I'm the only person who does. CM, I highly suspect that you are not a MI student but rather on the MI or OSSC payroll. I only call it as I see it and straight from the hip. This is a cash cow for MI, just a license to print money as there is absolutely no competition a sure monopoly as these courses are enacted in law, and a reason the books should be opened to the Auditor General. If there was another place to go and do these courses I would, in fact, courses like the BST are not even covered under the Student Loan Program because they do not meet the timeline constraints of their program even though the course is exorbitant.
- - February 29, 2012 at 12:35:02
Why not give the media a tour of their books? Do a forensic audit on their books. Why does it cost so much for 3 and 5 day courses that are mandatory to work through enactment in law? Why doesn't the Fisheries and Marine Institute offer transportation to and fro their facility that is not accessible by pubis transportation and cost an arm and a leg if you have no choice but to take a taxi? Why is a CAPP medical required to some of your courses and not allow a Seafarers' medical as acceptable? They are only courses not actually working within the offshore. There is only one place in St. John's where you can get a CAPP medical (unless something has changed within the past year--which I doubt). The Seafarers' Medical is exactly the same as the CAPP medical yet the Seafarers' Medical costs $80 compared to the CAPP medical costing $230. Why is there a $150 nonrefundable registration fee?