Canadian doctor: Zdeno Chara deserved 80 games for Pacioretty hit, condemns NHL violence

“When I saw that picture I thought, well, he could have been dead. He was unconscious on the ice and I thought well naturally they will punish this guy,” Harvey said, adding that Chara should have been suspended for 50 to 80 games. EIGHTY. GAMES. We continue: “The owners have a financial interest in tolerating and promoting violence and we need to be a counterweight,” he said. Ive always found this to be such a strange argument. Ive watched the NHL for over 25 years. Ive actually been waiting for them to begin promoting violence in a way that would connect with casual American fans who only speak three languages in sports: Scoring, gambling and violence. And since the NHL will never have the first and Americans dont wager on the second, the third option was always the best. Yet for decades, the NHL ran away from violence while the NFL, pro wrestling and MMA captured huge market shares by embracing it. The NHL has a winking acceptance of fighting, for example, as part of the game. Does it promote it? It doesnt ignore it.

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Jonathan Kay: Canadian doctors explain why so many of us die badly

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Palliative care is often seen by the family as equivalent to pulling the plug. We have a curious system of deciding how aggressive we should be with a patient care, Dr. McDermid, cited above, later wrote. We ask the patient [first], and if he or she is incompetent or too sick, we ask the next of kin, power of attorney or other representative. Although [doctors] can override the decision based on medical futility, they tend not to, for multiple reasons. For one, [doctors] dont have time to get into a long process with the family. Theres also the threat of a complaint (especially a time-consuming complaint involving the College of Physicians and Surgeons) or (though not so much in Canada) a lawsuit. [For instance] I have been threatened by a lawyer (when I was completely exhausted at midnight), to bring his dying [91-year-old] father to the ICU immediately, or else he would take action. So I did, and the father died with all the lines and tubes you mentioned [in your article]. Most families are reasonable, but very often they want everything done to save their aging and dying relatives, Dr. McDermid elaborated. There is often a dysfunctional family dynamic [whereby members] do not agree on what should be done. If there is one vehement outlier in the family who wants everything, we often acquiesce to that persons demand. Often, guilt possibly stemming from neglect prior to the onset of a sudden illness plays a major role in the inclination to over-treat. Dr. Travis Carpenter, an internal medicine resident at the University of Toronto, told me that much of the problem is rooted in the fact that patients family members are often unrealistically focused on the hypothetical benefits of aggressive treatment. They are also, however, completely ignorant to the almost-certain costs. For elderly patients in the ICU and on the ward, [aggressive end-of-life interventions often require] chemical and physical restraints to provide treatment. These measures can be extremely distressing to the patient and for health care providers, Dr.

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