By Kenyon Wallace Investigative Reporter Thu., March 21, 2019 “Tell me what happened, don’t leave anything out.” The crime boss wanted Bradley Streiling to tell him everything about the death of two-year-old Noah Cownden, Streiling’s stepson. Streiling began, haltingly, to recount how Noah had slipped from the bathtub at his family’s Victoria, B.C., home five years earlier. Then, as a hidden microphone recorded, Streiling’s confession: Filled with rage, he gave the boy a push. “I held him basically by the upper neck, lower jaw…and just hit him down a couple times.” The boy’s “eyes glossed over, and he…kind of made a wheezing sound and never woke up again.” Article Continued Below The crime boss was actually an undercover Mountie who had just reached the culmination of a nearly five-month-long sting. Police believed that Streiling, 29, had bashed Noah’s head against … [Read more...] about Bite-mark analysis has been shown to be flawed science. So why is it allowed in Canadian courts?
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By Theresa Boyle Health Reporter Thu., Dec. 6, 2018 Back in 2010, a handful of University of Toronto professors gave in to an “impertinent” first-year medical resident and consented to a meeting with him. In a boardroom of the medical sciences building on King’s College Circle, Nav Persaud warned the group he had discovered some big problems with a course they ran on pain management. The then-29-year-old doctor-in-training charged there were serious errors in the curriculum for “pain week,” which was taught annually, over the span of a week, to hundreds of students from health science programs, including medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy. What’s more, the course was rife with conflicts of interests related to inappropriate ties to the pharmaceutical industry, he argued, imploring them to fix it. But the unsolicited advice — coming from a trainee no less — was most unwelcome, according to some in … [Read more...] about He’s been called a ‘lethal force’ who’s not afraid to take on medical authorities. And it all started with pain week
By Mojola Omole Special to the Star Thu., June 14, 2018 Nicodeme Mugisho-Demu was a physician in his homeland of the Democratic Republic of Congo, directing a program for refugee women who had been victims of rape in the civil war that continues to ravage the region. “I came from a struggling middle-class family and my father sold a camera that was given as a gift to him so I could write my medical exams,” he said. But after he arrived in Canada in 2008, Mugisho-Demu was faced with a new problem: he couldn’t practice medicine. Although he tried to apply for the exams required to enter residency training in Canada, he ended up frustrated and emotionally drained. He had little choice but to take work as a security guard to keep a roof over his head. But thanks to an innovative program in his downtown St. James Town neighbourhood, Mugisho-Demu now not only has found a new career in medicine. He is also helping other new Canadians who find themselves in … [Read more...] about St. James Town program helps immigrant medical workers find meaningful jobs in GTA
By Theresa Boyle Health Reporter Sun., March 25, 2018 Toronto doctor Javad Peirovy was found guilty three years ago of sexually abusing four female patients. He “inappropriately touched” their breasts, they reported to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the self-regulator of doctors in the province. A college prosecutor argued Peirovy should lose his licence in the name of patient safety. But a disciplinary panel instead gave him a much lighter penalty, which included a six-month suspension. The prosecutor successfully appealed and the Ontario Divisional Court agreed the penalty was too lenient: “It was inadequate to protect the public and vindicate the integrity of the profession ... The public’s confidence in the medical profession demands more from the disciplinary process than recent sexual abuse discipline cases suggest.” It’s cases like this that have placed Ontario’s oversight system for … [Read more...] about The ‘radical paradigm shift’ that’s changing Ontario’s oversight system for health professionals