Archive for March, 2012

THORACOAMNIOTIC SHUNT PROCEDURE SHRINKS TUMOR In early 2008, doctors at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, encountered a challenging case in which the lives of both a pregnant woman and the baby she was carrying were at risk. The woman’s six and a half month-old fetus had a benign tumor the size of a small […]


The continuing trial of Michael Rafferty for the 2009 rape and murder of eight-year old Tori Stafford of Woodstock, Ontario, is generating public interest the same way a similar, much publicized murder trial did 17 years ago – the  1995 trial of serial killer Paul Bernardo in connection with the kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of […]


This graphic takes a snapshot of a city street’s retail scene in 2003 and compares it with an image of the same street captured 30 years earlier — in 1973. Note how women’s clothing stores, shoe stores and jewelry shops — which dominated the street’s retail business in 1973 — have given way to restaurants, […]


Most brand-name prescription drugs are cheaper in Canada than in the United States, and this can be explained by a very fundamental difference in the way each country looks at health care in general and prescription drugs in particular. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. For a detailed look at this graphic, click here to view a PDF. In Canada, access to […]


If only Torontonians could have a dollar for every plan to demolish or replace the Gardiner Expressway … For there has been, over the years, no shortage of blueprints spewing out of drawing boards on what to do with downtown Toronto’s old and reliable east-west freeway: encase the elevated portion of the highway in a […]


RECESSION FORCES METAL CASTER TO FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY Grede Foundries Inc. was among the pillars of Milwaukee business and industry. It was founded in 1920 by William Grede who, after buying Liberty Foundry in the Milwaukee suburb of Wawautosa, embarked on a program of acquisitions that saw the growing company acquire Spring City Foundry in […]


For nine days in January 1998, the city of Montreal and its suburbs reeled under the most devastating ice storm in the history of the region. The numbers tell the story: about $1 billion in economic losses, 180 millimeters of rain, minus 35 Celsius temperature on the coldest day, a power grid kept operable by […]