Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 8/2/2008 (3365 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Me and my family were particularly moved by a recent CBC Marketplace investigation
about the relative advantages and disadvantages of all-season tires. Turns out there is no such thing as a tire that works well in summer and winter, but tire makers continue to make us believe there is such a thing. When you examine accidents like the one involving Lisa Klassen
this week, makes you wonder if snow tires would prevent a lot of mishaps like this from ever happening. Lamentably, Quebec is the only province that legally requires snow tires. Perhaps MPI could get on the snow tire bandwagon by offering discounts to people who can prove they use them four or five months of the year?Meanwhile, my seven-year-old son, who saw the Marketplace piece, asks me every other day when we're getting snow tires. If a wee fellow like him gets it, shouldn't we all get it?*****
If you haven't, please stop by Rise and Sprawl,
a new blog (new to me at least) that is a wonderful source of intelligent thought about urban planning and other issues related to the quality of life in Winnipeg. Particularly engaging his the author's discussion of the impact of an allegedly soon-to-opn Starbucks on Portage and Main.I'll admit to being a Starbucks junkie, although my attraction to the chain has less to do with the coffee (nothing says 'good morning' like a $5 cup of joe!) and more to do with the wifi. I travel and it's too darn convenient to know that I have a wifi connection that works at every Starbucks in the entire world.I'm particularly interested to see if Starbucks is going for street traffic, or just trying to suck the coffee drinkers out of the Winnipeg Square concourse. Stay tuned.*****
A recent article
in the New Yorker
magazine provides a fascinating take on how something simple can really be the key to better health care. Particulary fascinating is the observation by the author that a medical researcher figured out a way to use something widely employed by wedding planners, accountants and moving companies to save life and limb in hospitals.The article is proof, IMHO, of a new idea in health care: it's not just about how many doctors and nurses and other resources we have, it's about how we use those resources. You'll be reading more in the Free Press in days to come about how the way in which we employ the resources in the health care system often determines the outcome. Waste, duplication, turf wars, dysfunctional information technology and politics in the medical professions do as much to delay or impair care as a lack of doctors and nurses. Stay tuned.-30-