CTV News has a story reviewing the ongoing effects of the medical isotope shortage that has resulted from the shutdown of the Chalk River reactor last May. You may recall that Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt referred to the problem as "sexy" and thought it offered all kinds of opportunity for her to shine but she appears to be taking her sweet time getting around to it. Consequently we have medical tests delayed and deferred, people going outside the country for treatments at double and triple the cost, health professionals reverting to diagnostic methods they haven't used in a generation and — just what we need in a struggling economy — layoffs due to the shortage.
In an appearance before a Commons committee last month, the president of the Canadian Medical Association said:
... the current situation is neither optimal nor sustainable, and there appears to be no long-term plan
But I'm sure the government will get right on that. As soon as they finally get back to work in March, deliver a new throne speech and then re-introduce the thirty-plus pieces of legislation that died on the order paper the moment the Governor General prorogued parliament. Governing is hard work, you know. Especially when you have a government that doesn't want to do it.