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Deadly superbug outbreak hits problem-plagued network of Ontario hospitals

July 4, 2011 Comments off

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cluster of Clostridium difficile bacteria on a surfaceA deadly outbreak of a highly contagious superbug has claimed the lives of 15 patients in Southern Ontario, raising questions about whether enough is being done to prevent and control the spread of hospital-acquired infections.

Niagara Health System, a sprawling network of seven hospitals serving 434,000 people in a dozen communities, has declared an outbreak of Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. difficile, at three of its sites.

Downpour leaves 18-metre sinkhole in Ontario highway

June 29, 2011 Comments off

ottawacitizen

This sinkhole is located on Hwy. 148 between Luskville and Quyon near Ch. Parker. A detour is in place.This sinkhole is located on Hwy. 148 between Luskville and Quyon near Ch. Parker. A detour is in place.

Photograph by: Mike Carroccetto, The Ottawa Citizen

A section of Highway 148 near Luskville, Ont., is now a canyon 18 metres deep, a victim of Friday’s heavy rains.

Remarkably, the family living next to the giant gap owns a construction company with expertise in exactly the type of work that will be needed to fix the road.

Not only does James Nugent, of R.H. Nugent Construction, have 35 years of experience in the field, he has the heavy machinery parked only a few hundred meters from the caved-in road.

“We were called in right off the bat,” he said. “There’s nothing signed, but we probably will be proceeding with the work under an emergency situation. They want a company that can start right away.”

Nugent said the large pipe that ran under that stretch of the highway seems to have been blocked at the intake. The torrents of water late last week Read more…

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