December 7, 2006

Sheela Basrur

This story made me very sad today. Dr. Sheela Basrur is fighting a rare cancer. She is Ontario's Chief Medical Officer.

When we were dealing with the SARS crisis, this lady was the front line spokesperson for the government. Usually, I don't give a rat's arse for what spokespersons have to say. It's filtered through a thousand spin cycles, and it's more informative to stick your fingers in your ears and hum when they open their yaps.

Not Sheela Basrur. Anyone that knows me knows I have a pet interest in the medical/scientific areas of viruses and bacteria. It started when my Dad contracted a resistent form of a virus while hospitalized 12 years ago, and I believe it's vital for all of us to keep informed on this front. SARS cemented my belief that the bugs will win, and it's time for us to drop the superior attitudes we've been lulled into accepting.

Sheela is a politico of a different stripe. She not only knows her stuff, she has an accessibility that made me trust her. She's smart; she's human; she's warm.

In an era of processed propoganda that can leave all but the most diligent journalistic researchers left in the dark, Sheela Basrur brought a different breath of fresh air to the game.

I hope she knows her hard work over the years has been very much appreciated, and I wish her only the best in her current battle. She deserves better than this, and my thoughts are with her.


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