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NDP brings smile to grumpy old senior
Premier Greg Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald just gave me a belated 65th birthday present — a free abdominal ultrasound.
My doctor told me all about it this morning. It tests for all sorts of awful things that could go wrong when you’re old, including liver, and kidneys, and gallbladder, and pancreas. It also detects for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which would be far more of a problem had I ever been foolish enough to smoke.
Pretty nifty, eh? Someone in the health care system will phone and let me know when and where to go. I’d never heard of it before, but my doctor says seniors get the preventive and precautionary freebie.
And the goodies from the NDP for being old just keep on coming.
Manitoba Health sent a letter this week telling me I’m eligible to get my pneumococcal immunization, "which can prevent a serious type of pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis."
Free, as is the flu vaccine, for seniors.
Greg and Theresa, you sure know how to chase the vote of an urban senior in a riding which will be critical to the outcome of the next provincial election — while also helping to up the odds that I’ll still be around to cast a vote.
You haven’t sealed the deal yet, though — I’m still waiting to hear your promise to have portable washrooms at every soccer field in Manitoba by next April. A hint, Greg, that Brian Pallister has been silent on that crucial issue, and you know how perilous it would be if you let the Tories stake out that ground first, even more dangerous should the Liberals be the first.
Meanwhile, Brian, you might have a word with Ron Schuler — he’ll tell you how vital that infrastructure deficit is.
Meanwhile, ready whenever the ultrasound technician is.
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About Nick Martin
Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.
He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.
Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.
Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.
Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.
Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.
Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.
A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.
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