It used to be fairly common to have a line of police in the family. Like lawyers, priests or bankers. I do not know if it is the case anymore.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 22 February 2016 at 15:26
With the exception of priests and I know nothing of bankers but adding doctors, mediaeval guilds are alive and well.
Doctors can't make a living in private practice without hospital privileges. Hospital boards have medical advisory committees which determine who gets hospital privileges . So far as I could tell, while on the board, recommendations were based on adequate work to go around.
Occasionally a political practitioner from the Medical Association would address the Board about how to deal with pesky government. They were the rednecks.
Medical school placements were jealously guarded for scion of doctors. But only parents politically active in the medical association (Guild)
On the Social Assistance Review Board , a member was using every political contact she
had to get her daughter accepted into medical school. The word came back that not even the Premier
could break down the walls . The medical association had everything wrapped up tight as a drum.
Seems it's not totally like that any more. The government requires medical schools to reflect diversity of the community . Visible minorities have an advantage never previously enjoyed by anyone outside the fraternity.
There are other changes . I learned recently medical education no longer takes twelve to fifteen years. Apparently a student can graduate as young as twenty-three years of age. Walk-in clinics offer employment by the government. It's not the same as private practice.
A person can still choose a family doctor, But an appointment can take weeks.
On Sunday, I watched Treasury Board Chair Deb Mathews in a T.V. Interview. The health care budget was not being cut, she said, the government had found ways to provide better care for less.
My reliable source tells me,the government is starving clinics of resources. If it wasn't for the pharmacies that operate with walk-in clinics,most would have to close their doors. The information is volunteered.
Home care services have been subject to severe restrictions in time allocated to patients for years.
Anecdotally, it appears doctors are leaving family practice and home care is replacing institutional care. According to bureaucracy, everything in the garden is rosy.
It's not that long since Osgoode Hall provided only seventy-five places each year and they were usually assigned to children of lawyers. Not just any lawyers. They also were politically active in the Law Association.
The media likes to present succeeding generations of a family involved in policing as a type of nobility.
It's really the same-old ,same-old. Keep the business within the family.
In Ontario, not so long ago , the police family was the Orange Lodge.
Now, it's the "face of diversity ". Visible minorities must be represented in the percentages they are in the community.
A traveling committee ensures conformity . Two men and a woman, members of visible minorities.
I doubt another country takes care of visible minorities as well as Canada does.
To be white,Anglo-Saxon and born in Canada may even have become a liability in some circumstances.
Yesterday a visible-minority youth was featured in the media. He was sixteen or nineteen and has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia and was granted a wish.
His wish was to be Prime Minister for a day.
He was photographed standing under a picture of the Honorable Pierre Elliot Trudeau and sat on a bench wearing red ermine trimmed robes of a Supreme Court Judge.
The feature concluded with the ecstatic youth wrapped in the arms of the Prime Minister ,son of the late and former Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
The media obligingly recorded every moment of the happy occasion.
The rest of us were expected to bask in contentment , knowing from this contrived theatrical
performance, Canadians really are what the Prime Minister says we are.
In the last couple of weeks ,he has twice felt obliged to deny the obvious. A couple of events reflected unfavorably upon "Who we are as Canadians"
Docile,gullible,obedient,content to amble along like sheep to the slaughter.