Cheers & Jeers

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Jeers: to quid pro … no.

Ever wonder what it’s like dealing with a health-care monolith? Last week, Telegram reporter James McLeod found a bag of Eastern Health’s trash loose on Prince Philip Drive. Eastern Health was keen to get their garbage back, and said after they got it, they’d be willing to answer questions about what happened and where the breakdown in the system occurred. They even sent a worker to Confederation Building, where McLeod was covering the House of Assembly, to recover the trash. However, once the evidence was safely in hand, Eastern Health decided it didn’t want to talk anymore. “We are currently reviewing practices for garbage disposal and pick-up to ensure it does not happen again,” a media relations manager said. “We have nothing further to add.” Well, once bitten, twice shy. The (non-latex) gloves are off. Next time we find a bag of your trash, Eastern Health, we’re keeping it.

Jeers: to the constant echo on the radio. And while we’re on the topic of Eastern Health, we’re also still waiting to hear about what the corporation plans to do about “red alerts,” those periods of time when there are no ambulances or paramedics available in the St. John’s region to respond to 911 calls because they’re already all out. Used to be that when you heard “red alert” on the scanner, your ears would perk up — but now, it just seems like a business-as-usual, almost-daily event. It’s only a matter of time before someone dies waiting for care — and someone else decides it’s time to sue. Bet that will get a little more attention.

Cheers: to at least trying to right a wrong. Last week in St. John’s, a judge made a surprising ruling in a court case involving a 13-year-old. (The 13-year-old was acquitted.) The judge decided the prosecution had handled the case so badly — and made such an exceptional series of errors — that he said, “I have found that the threshold for prosecutorial misconduct warranting a (Charter of Rights and Freedoms) costs award has been met through the finding of a marked and unacceptable departure from the standard of care expected of the prosecution.” In other words, the Newfoundland government will now be picking up at least a part of the legal costs of the teenager’s defence. And it’s a pretty clear knuckle-rapping for the prosecutors in the case.

Cheers: to things you probably didn’t know. This, from a court case in Ontario, explains one of the hidden costs of owning a luxury vehicle: “Faisal Savja is the manager at Land Rover Metro West. He described the applicable procedure when a person wants to order a new key for vehicles manufactured by the company:  all North American requests for a new key to be cut are directed to a single location in New Jersey. … The cost of cutting the new key was $348.24.” As Bart Simpson would say, “Ay caramba.” Just imagine what a broken tail light might set you back? …

Organizations: North American

Geographic location: New Jersey

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  • Anna
    June 16, 2014 - 18:26

    Every time I walk by that multi million dollar complex on NL Drive, I find it so distressing that the place is completed and yet the "clients" have to wait until September before they can start moving in. So they have to spend another three months in that run down centre on Portugal Cove Road becasue someone slipped up at Eastern Health and didn't realzie they would need more staff.