Are pediatricians going too far over immunization?
Welcome to this week's podcast. Here's what we're talking about:
Alberta election fallout
Voters in Alberta largely turned their backs on the right-wing Wildrose Party earlier this week. Is this a reminder to the rest of Canada that there is more political sophistication to Alberta than it's normally given credit for? Or is it just business as usual in a province that has elected consecutive Conservative governments for 41 years?
Some pediatricians in Ontario are starting to discharge children whose parents refuse to have them vaccinated. Are they going too far? On the one hand, avoiding immunization has become so widespread that it has become a genuine health hazard. Pediatricians have to do something. On the other hand, children in Ontario are allowed not to have vaccinations if their parents have some objection of religion or conscience. So should children be booted out of a doctor's office because their parents disagree with a medical treatment?
Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by editorial board members Gordon Barthos, Kerry Gillespie and Leslie Papp.