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DR A.J.: Health-care hurricane gathering force in Nova Scotia

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28.09.2019

Former Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO Janet Knox’s rebuttal (“Counterpoint: Health bureaucracy hardly bloated,” Aug. 31) to Ralph Surette’s Aug. 24 column (“N.S. needs to upchuck health bureaucracy hairball”) exposes the culture of unaccountability that she can take credit for.

Contrast Knox’s response to the performance of Nova Scotia Power’s CEO, Karen Hutt, following hurricane Dorian. As we witnessed uprooted trees entangled with power lines leaning dangerously on homes, a crane precariously entwined with a building, and rooftops and vehicles laid open to the elements, she was immediately present to give clear account to the public.

Help from federal, provincial and municipal governments coalesced into a logically prioritized, urgent response. News Radio 97.5 offered information, connection and comfort as the hurricane ravaged the province. MLAs like the NDP’s Claudia Chender analyzed mishaps such as the failure of cell tower generators to kick in, causing loss of cellphone access, that led to people making the dangerous choice to drive during and after the storm to reach those who needed assistance. She called on federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to intervene and change policy to ensure private companies responsible for delivering essential services had effective backup systems in place, in the interests of citizen safety.

What if the health-care crisis was actually a weather........

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