Canadian Doctor Speaks To U.s. Senate About Oilsands Health Effects

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Senate about oilsands health effects By Leslie Young Global News What is this? Sponsored content is written by Global News’ editorial staff without any editorial influence by the sponsor. If you’d like to learn more… X What is this? Sponsored content is written by Global News’ without any editorial influence by the sponsor. If you’d like to learn more… Video: California senator Barbara Boxer calls for studies into the health effects of the Keystone XL pipeline A Canadian doctor spoke to U.S. senators on Wednesday about the health issues hes seen in communities near oilsands developments. John OConnor was invited to speak with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as part of a call by committee chair Senator Barbara Boxer to evaluate the public health impacts of the oilsands in relation to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Ill wind: Alberta families leaving homes for health reasons blame oil giants next door Health miseries follow the tar sands, from extraction, to transport, to refining, to waste disposal, Boxer said at a press conference. Children and families in the U.S. have a right to know now, before any decision to approve the Keystone tar sands pipeline, how it would affect their health. She wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry, requesting an immediate and comprehensive study on the human health impacts of tar sands and the proposed pipeline. Im talking about the issues in the communities downstream of the tar sands and the promised health studies that have never materialized, OConnor told Global News in a telephone interview in between Senate meetings on Wednesday. OConnor, a family physician currently practicing in Fort McKay, came under fire in 2006 when he raised concerns that oil development near the northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan was causing cancer and other health problems in the community. He was seeing cancers and autoimmune diseases, he said, and wanted to get detailed health studies to find the cause.

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New physicians in Sun Country

They were all successful graduates of the September 2013 intake, and will be practising in Oxbow, Weyburn and Arcola. They join many other international medical graduate (IMG) colleagues already practising in Saskatchewan. SIPPA is a made-in-Saskatchewan program that assesses IMGs on their education and clinical ability before allowing them to practise medicine. The program, administered by the University of Saskatchewans College of Medicine, has intakes in January, May and September each year, assessing a maximum of 90 physicians annually. Sixty-one new physicians began practising in Saskatchewan in 2013, thanks to the most recent intake of SIPPA. Since its inception in 2011, the program has resulted in 113 more medical doctors working in Saskatchewan. We are very excited and encouraged by the results the SIPPA program has produced during the past year, Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health Randy Weekes said. The recruitment of foreign-trained family doctors compliments our on-going efforts to retain more of our Saskatchewan and Canadian trained physicians. While we continue to recruit and retain our own, locally trained physicians here in Saskatchewan, SIPPA is helping us fill immediate vacancies throughout Saskatchewan, said saskdocs CEO Ed Mantler. More IMGs from within Canada are applying, Mantler said, and he views that as encouraging. The program is now assessing participants of the January 2014 intake, which is underway. Each candidate must successfully complete SIPPAs requirements over the next four to six months, with final results being known in May, just in time to welcome some of their colleagues who will be entering the next SIPPA intake. SIPPA is delighted to offer an assessment opportunity for internationally trained physicians who would otherwise not be eligible for practice in Saskatchewan, said SIPPA medical director Dr.



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