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Medical Isotopes Shortage Tracker

I’ve noticed a couple of blogs carrying a symbol at their blog that links to a site called the “Isotope Shortage Tracker”. When you click on this symbol, it takes you to a Google Map that lists places in Canada that have reported delays in tests for cancer patients due to the continuing shortage of medical isotopes in Canada. There are a couple of other things on the map (where the H1N1 virus has been reported for example), but the primary goal of this map is to show where the isotope shortage in Canada has affected hospitals, doctors, and people.

I will be introducing that symbol to my sidebar as […]

Apparently, pointing out a minister’s inappropriate statements is “cheap politics”.

That’s what Stephen Harper wants you all to know of what he thinks about Lisa Raitt’s “the isotope crisis, cancer, etc.. is sexy” remarks. Ignatieff comes back with the appropriate retort that the only cheap politics at play is a minister viewing a health crisis as an opportunity for career advancement.

Meanwhile, if we see more of this getting into newspapers detailing outraged cancer survivors and patients, Harper won’t be able to defend his gaffe-prone Natural Resources Minister for long – she herself will become too radioactive even for him:

Cancer survivors and their supporters say they’re astounded Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt would describe the shortage of isotopes […]

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