Of all the medical afflictions a person can suffer from, none is more burdensome than a rare condition for which no name exists, let alone treatment or support services. Cheryl Greenberg sees herself as an advocate for patients suffering from conditions that defy definition. "Translational medicine," it's called. In recognition of her pioneering work on hypophosphatasia and other metabolic disorders of genetic origin, Greenberg was recently added to a list of powerful Canadian women.
Anti-teacher sentiment runs deep nowadays in Alberta conservative circles.
Education Minister Jeff Johnson's war with the Alberta Teachers Association over how its members ought to be disciplined on those rare occasions when they misbehave is only the latest manifestation of this phenomenon, which can be traced back to the leadership of Ralph Klein.
But while it is tempting to ascribe this to Klein's failure to complete high school, it surely has more to do with the neoliberal market fundamentalist fantasies that went mainstream in Alberta during his premiership.