Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.
On this Thursday: e-health makes some cash, the telephone remains useful, and summits get probed.
Remember that billion-dollar e-health spending scandal? Well, George Smitherman will be happy to learn that according to a report released Wednesday, e-health gains in the way of medication are estimated at $436 million in cost savings this year. The system allows healthcare professionals to access patient records electronically. The report, put together by Deloitte for Canada Health Infoway, also projects that once the systems become more widely and efficiently used across the country, they will generate a billion dollars a year in benefits. See, it all evens out in the end…
It’s not just Rob Ford using that marvel called the telephone anymore. Vaughan council candidate Steven Del Duca is one of the first in the GTA to make use of US-style telephone town halls. Of ten thousand people assailed by the robot-voice technology, more than five hundred actually stayed on the line for more than an hour asking Del Duca questions.
Following the fatal shooting at C.W. Jefferys in 2007, Toronto lawyer Julian Falconer headed an inquiry into school safety, which included a report with more than one hundred recommendations to prevent future shootings. While one of the main goals was to thwart non-students from entering schools by monitoring doors, or the use of uniforms or lanyards, Central Technical didn’t implement these recommendations, nor did it adopt uniformed officers, nor is it likely that it can follow others like locking all doors except the entrance, as students have to circulate between buildings. The school is, however, getting more security cameras.
It’s to be assumed that you’ve all been frantically scanning headlines, searching for just one more G8/G20 story because they were so sparse at the time, shortly after, and months later. Look no further. All parties have agreed to a parliamentary inquiry to probe the cost and tactics of the summits during five days of hearings. MPs will be rounding up a list of thirty witnesses to the ill-doings, and a second committee may be set up to focus specifically on the hemorrhaging-of-money part.
Last night, hundreds came together for a candlelit vigil at Church and Wellesley streets. Planned with Youth Line—a gay, lesbian, and transgender support group—participants in the vigil mourned the recent suicides by gay youth in North America, such as eighteen-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off a bridge after a video of a sexual encounter was posted online. The crowd was also urged to write to government about the premier’s decision to axe Ontario’s new sex ed program, which would have taught Grade 3 students about homosexuality.
Females beware. A forty-year-old Toronto man has been accused of hiding out in public washrooms in North York and videotaping women in adjoining stalls. Officers allegedly found a pen with a hidden camera in it and a search of the man’s home turned up more of the same. So far, seven victims have been identified. Guo Wu was charged with many counts of voyeurism and mischief of interfering with property.