Canada briefs – February 12

More than 3,400 patients in British Columbia who thought they were being properly diagnosed are now being informed their radiologists were unqualified.

B.C. probes scans

VANCOUVER — More than 3,400 patients in British Columbia who thought they were being properly diagnosed are now being informed their radiologists were unqualified.

After expert review of the tests, at least 40 patients have been red-flagged for needing immediate attention or because they had tests with “major discrepancies.”

The discrepancies were discovered as far back as October, but the Ministry of Health was notified about them only last week.

The tests results in question were produced by two radiologists and in one of the cases, the hospital involved was warned by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons that the doctor there shouldn’t be doing CT scans.


Tory MP revives veiled vote debate

OTTAWA — A Quebec Conservative MP wants to take away the right to vote from electors who refuse to uncover their faces.

Steven Blaney revived debate over veiled voters Friday, tabling a private member’s bill in the House of Commons.

Blaney could cite no statistical evidence that face coverings are actually a problem. Indeed, Elections Canada reports zero incidents of voters refusing to show their faces during the most recent general election, in 2008.

Nor could Blaney explain why he deems it urgent to deal with potential voters who might theoretically refuse to show their faces at polling stations when his bill does not address the fact that thousands vote in each election by mail, without providing any visual identification.

Elections Canada reports 253,069 mail-in ballots in 2008.


Man convicted of killing woman he met online

QUEBEC — A Quebec City man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of a woman he met over the Internet and whose body has never been found.

An emotionless Alain Perreault, 48, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years in the death of Lyne Massicotte.

The jurors came back with the verdict after three days of deliberation.

Perreault met Massicotte, 43, in a chat room on the Internet and arranged a date in July 2003.

Massicotte, a single mother, travelled there from her home in Chambly, Que., and vanished after the encounter.