Yorkton gynecologist Dr. Mohammed N. Hague will give up his license at the end of the month and cease practicing medicine, following accusations of misconduct with several female patients. Our family, to my knowledge, has never had any dealings with Dr. Hague; but I have heard plenty of positives concerning his work. While I have no comment on the accusations themselves; I find it difficult to find out that a number of the people involved wanted to resolve the matter without having to go through the difficult process of a hearing. Unfortunately, that’s the way to do it if a doctor disagrees or disputes the allegations. An official with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan says, “Ultimately we achieved a resolution of Dr. Hague no longer being in practice faster than we ever would have through the disciplinary process, and so the public protection, from our perspective, was achieved.” Guilty or not, Dr. Hague deserves credit for going away quietly and not putting these women through a trying emotional time. .
From the ridiculously stupid file, the RBC Cup goals and penalties are being announced in both English and French this week where the tournament is taking place in Humboldt. I’m sure Jonathan Parisien and Emrik Guillemette’s parents appreciate this; but come on. It is a Hockey Canada event and, therefore, has to be bilingual I suppose. But, there isn’t a French team competing in the tournament and if they are going to announce goals in French for the benefit of one or two players on each team, then we may as well announce goals in French all season long. Are the French language police going to come after Hockey Canada for not announcing goals in French at a tournament where Quebec or French speaking New Brunswick isn’t represented? I lived in Woodstock (home of the Slammers) for two years. Don’t try and tell me Woodstock is French. In fact, I think all we do when we announce in French is embarrass ourselves at how little French we know on the prairies. If there was a Quebec team entered, we should absolutely extend the courtesy and do as much as we can in both languages. But, this week it isn’t necessary.
Junior Seau’s apparent suicide last week is a tragedy. Jumping to conclusions that repeated blows to the head caused him to go into depression and, ultimately, end his life is rather premature. It is proven that head shots in sports can definitely lead to problems, mentally, later in life. But, so too can a prolonged use of steroids. I’m not accusing Seau of using steroids; but I think his brain should be donated to science so that more information can be gathered. Furthermore, we are hearing more from retired players who say they become depressed after retiring and discovering they have difficulty fitting into the real world. That’s not the fault of the National Football League. When I quit broadcasting after a fifteen year career, I could easily have discovered that sales was not for me and then been in a funk until I did figure out what works best for me as far as keeping busy, supporting my family, and making me happy. This would not be the fault of FOX FM. You can’t hang the blame for not knowing what to do in life on your previous employer. I’m sympathetic to the plight of Seau, but until scientists are able to check out his brain, I reserve judgement on what may have killed him.
After watching a train hold up traffic in Yorkton for almost an hour on Monday during lunch time, I wonder if there isn’t something that can be done to prevent trains from cutting through the city during certain times of the day. To me, Yorkton is big enough that sending a train through town during peak travel periods can be really prohibitive to doing business here.
In Ontario, a public school board has made a decision to ban distribution of Gideon Bibles to its young students, arguing the distribution of Bibles has no place in a secular school system, and that it potentially violates human rights legislation. So, on one hand we are not allowed to learn about Protestant values; but on the other hand we can be subjected to all kinds of ‘new’ forms of religions that have been introduced to our country through immigration. While we don’t want to offend minority groups, it’s apparently okay to turn around and do the same to the people who still make up the majority of the population.
I printed this quote a number of months ago, but it’s a dandy so it bears worth repeating every so often: “Don’t wait around for your life to happen to you. Find something that makes you happy, and do it. Because everything else is all just background noise.”
Nice person mentions this week to Jeff Bahrey, Chris Morson, Al Frederickson, Jonathan Robert, and Bryon Priebe.