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Disclaimer: I think BC politicians and their staffers are sad, self-serving tools bereft of any moral decency.

Clearly some junior staffer at the health office was reading up on their Alberta counterparts and was titillated at the prospect of a little face time. Why else would you attack the Canucks for following protocol when it comes to getting the H1N1 shot?

We're all aware of how Darryl Sutter and the rest of the Calgary Flames upper (mis)management slithered their way to the front of the line for H1N1 shots – ahead of high-risk children - back on October 30th which cost two Albert a Health Authority employees their jobs.

At the time B.C.'s chief medical health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, railed against the Flames' AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, for also jumping the queue.

What of the Canucks? Despite the fact that the Pig Flu had costs the Oilers a few points in the standings in late October, the organization publicly said they would wait until all the high-risk cases had been vaccinated and shots had become public before players would receive theirs.

On Friday, Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief public health officer, told an Ottawa news conference that "we are broadening our recommendations for the use of unadjuvanted vaccine. Specifically, the doses of unadjuvanted flu vaccine will be made available to healthy people between the ages of 10 and 65 and those with healthy immune systems so they can be vaccinated as soon as possible."

Based on that recommendation, the Canucks organization arranged for flu shots on Tuesday – not Friday, not Monday, but Tuesday.

And who rears their head in the media Thursday? None other than Dr. Perry Kendall, clearly drunk on his own fleeting celebrity stemming from his Calgary Flames grand-standing.

He claims in a Vancouver Sun story the Canucks definitely jumped the H1N1 vaccine queue.

"They were out of sequence," he was quoted as saying. Really Dr. P? Whose sequence? Could it possibly be your private sequence? Because your own government released a statement Friday clearing "healthy people between the ages of 10 and 65" for the vaccine.

What a reeking pile of self-aggrandizing garbage. Dr. P, you should be ashamed. You're slamming the Canucks without just cause for your own personal gain.



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