Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Monday, December 29, 2003

State of Alert in Calgary Health Region  

This creative idea just in from a Calgary reader.

The US has a state of alert based on 5 levels. Currently the alert is at orange signaling that it is one colour away from severe.

I think that the premier should adopt a 5 tier alert system indicating the state of alert with regard to health care in each of the regions of Alberta.

Rather than colours I propose the use of pies. For example crab apple pie might be the lowest level followed by Saskatoon berry pie and strawberry pie (when in season). As things deteriorate the condition could move to pumpkin pie, (much like orange alert south of the border) signaling that things are getting progressively more serious.

Finally when patients in distress need to be airlifted out of the province from major urban areas, well . . . .I think that that deserves a richly appointed banana cream pie which signifies a severe problem.

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