Edmonton Sun | 31May2010 | Orest Slepokura

Public safety vs PR

Re: “Be bloody careful,” Mindelle Jacobs, Edmonton Sun, May 26, 2010.

As the prototype for carelessness in collecting blood, nothing can match Montreal’s Red Cross in the 1980s. It held regular clinics at a Metro station in the heart of the Gay Village and the red-light district, beside a university many Haitians attended and near an area notorious for heroin addicts. It was, in the words of medical reporter Andre Picard, a “veritable headquarters of the ‘4-H Club.’ ” This may not have been a medically sound practise in view of what we now know, but where political correctness is a paramount consideration it had raised it to a new level. Let’s hope that in future public safety will trump PR.

Orest Slepokura

(They also didn’t have the info then we have now.)