Much on the Ebola virus front covered on this weekend’s programs

Today I’ll be speaking with Dr. Carl Weiss, head of infectious diseases at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal about Canadian hospital preparedness for any Ebola infected patient appearing at one of our hospitals seeking care.
What has Dallas taught us?
Dr. Weiss and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital treated the second patient in Canada with potential Ebola virus infection symptoms.  That happened in August.

We’ll also be joined by Deborah Burger later in the hour, president of National Nurses United in the U.S.  NNU took the lead in speaking for the nurses at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, who treated Thomas Eric Duncan who would die of Ebola infection at the hospital.  The nurses were not, from what we’ve been informed, properly and safely protected from the Ebola virus by the gear they were wearing.  What’s unconscionable is that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) initially seemed intent on pointing the finger of blame at the nurses for breaking the CDC protection against Ebola protocol.
Today the CDC is expected to issue new protocols. I’ll be asking you if you personally feel some sense of concern/fear about Ebola entering Canada.

There’s much more today.  Neal Collins, South African broadcaster joins us from Pretoria on the Oscar Pistorius sentencing.  The process continues and the judge’s decision is expected Tuesday, but what happens before Tuesday and what is available to the prosecution and/or defence post-Tuesday.  I think Pistorius is going to, for all intent and purpose, get away with killing his then girlfriend.  It just seems headed in that direction.  He may get house-arrest, but I’ll be surprised if Pistorius winds up in prison.

The stock markets have had almost everyone wobbly and many withdrawing from the market over the past days as the indices hurled themselves up and down like a mad roller coaster. Tom Caldwell is the Chairman of Caldwell Securities.  Mr. Caldwell will be on the show today to explain.

and it’s Beauties and the Beast time with Catherine Swift, Michelle Simson and today a cameo appearance by Linda Leatherdale.  If you love rock music with a Canadian angle you’ll want to hear where Linda is and what’s going on.  Catherine will take on global issues which reach right into your wallet and bank account .. and the question of trust.  Michelle doesn’t have a lot of that in what governments are offering by way of Ebola protection assurances.

Working on the story of the Russian ship which was floundering off the B.C. coast carrying huge amounts of oil and diesel.  An environmental disaster in waiting.  I’m waiting to hear back about various guests joining us.

The Ebola virus threat has been mishandled since the beginning of 2014.

You heard Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) tell us on air that months ago MSF advised the WHO that the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa was particularly challenging and resources should immediately be deployed.  The WHO did nothing, or at best little.
MSF fought on as Dr. Tim Jagotic, Canadian MSF doctor about to return for his third tour of treating Ebola patients in Liberia, told us, along with the organizations deputy director.  Without international resources deployed it was, we were informed, “like fighting a forest fire with a spray bottle.”
You have heard Red Cross International’s operations manager in Liberia, Peter Schleicher, speak to the on the ground horrors of picking up hundreds of bodies off the streets of Monrovia weekly and Mr. Schleicher said that in the more than 30 years he has been with IRC, this Ebola crisis is the most severe situation he has encountered.
And yet, we heard platitudes and assurances from political leaders and public health officials that Ebola even appearing on this continent would be quite unlikely.
Contrast that position with what we’re facing now, the growing concern that healthcare professionals (nurses particularly) may have contacted hundreds or more individuals in various public venues (airliner, for example) and perhaps being infected themselves, passed along Ebola infection to unsuspecting people with whom the healthcare workers had direct contact.
Yes, the number of confirmed cases is small.  The circle(s) of individuals being sought, tracked, isolated for observation are growing.  That’s how the virus spreads.
What is unacceptable and no amount of spin should excuse, is that the CDC in the U.S. offered platitudes and assurances that Ebola virus treatment protocols would safeguard local, state and national populations.  With the first Ebola patient these assurances collapsed and we have heard harrowing accounts of how exposed nurses treating Thomas Eric Duncan were to the Ebola virus.
This weekend we’ll continue with our coverage of the Ebola virus crisis, with President Obama appointing, so media are reporting, a so-called “Ebola Czar” for the U.S. government.
Oh great!  Another level of bureaucracy and more potential for obfuscation.  Excuse the cynicism.  In this case it’s earned.
I’ll be speaking with the head of infectious diseases of a Canadian hospital which dealt with a possible Ebola patient, Peter Schleicher returns from the IRC in Liberia, Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital will all be with us.  We’re also looking for U.S. nurses association participation.
Clearly, we won’t be speaking only about the Ebola crisis.  There’s much more on this weekend’s lineup.
Check here for that and follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow, or The Roy Green Show on Facebook where you’ll also be updated.



Is Canada correct to join the air war against ISIS?

a question I’ll be asking you today, after we speak with Colonel Peter Mansoor, executive officer to General David Petraeus during the Surge in Iraq. What is the way to engage ISIS militarily?  Turkey parked its tanks literally within shouting distance of the town of Kobani in Syria, but did nothing to intercept ISIS fighters attacking the town.
Should Canada be in … or out?  What obligation do we have?

A Texas healthcare worker who was wearing protective gear while in contact with the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died in a Dallas hospital, has now tested positive for the Ebola virus.  How does that happen?  If it’s not a flaw in the gear or how it was donned, there’s going to be major concern among healthcare workers who may be asked to treat a patient with Ebola going forward. I’ll be speaking with U.S. microbiologist Dr. Gil Mobley who has challenged the CDC directly on its assurances concerning the healthcare system’s ability to withstand Ebola in the U.S.
Dr. Jay Keystone, tropical diseases specialist from Toronto General Hospital will speak to the most recent Ebola developments and what we in Canada should be considering. Health checks have begun at major Canadian and U.S. airports.  How effective are they and how could they be improved?  I’ll be speaking with former El Al airlines security chief Isaac Yeffet about that and asking you for your level of concern.  Do you have concerns about Ebola reaching into Canada?

There’s much more, including Mubin Shaikh ( and Dr. Mia Bloom, anti-terrorism expert joining the show to speak to the ISIS threat from within Canada.

And….Detroit. Still an economic basket case, but it’s building a $450 million arena for the Red Wings.  Remember, in 2012, you could buy a house and the lot it stood on in some areas of Detroit for $1.00!!  That’s ‘one’ dollar.  Mark Yost has that story. It’s a good one.

Some of what’s on today.