2012 in review: September

Marc Lalonde
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The Lakeshore General Hospital announced it would recal 684 colonoscopies at a press conference held in September. Chronicle photo archives.

PQ wins minority; Marois first female premier

The Parti Quebecois won the Sept. 4 provincial election, grabbing 54 seats in the National Assembly to form a miniority government under leader Pauline Marois, who became the first female premier in the province's history. The opposition Liberals won 50 seats, while the upstart Coalition Avenir Quebec, led by Ste. Anne de Bellevue native son Francois Legault, grabbed 19 seats. Locally, all five West Island-area ridings – Jacques Cartier (Geoff Kelley), Nelligan (Yolande James), Robert Baldwin (Pierre Marsan), Marquette (Francois Ouimet) and Vaudreuil (Yvon Marcoux)  -- were held comfortably by the incumbent Liberal MNAs.

LGH recalls colonoscopies

The Lakeshore General Hospital recalled 684colonoscopies done at the hospital between 2009 and 2012 after it was revealed they were incompletely done, hospital officials said. The doctor who performed the procedures, identified as Dr. Gilles Bourdon, had left the hospital earlier in the year for reasons unrelated to the incomplete colonoscopies. Doctors estimate that about six per cent of the cases Bourdon handled may have gotten false negatives, meaning up to 41 patients could have cancer and not know it, doctors said. 

Residents request speed-hump removal

Residents of Chambertin Street in Kirkland petitioned city hall to get rid of the speed hump on their street, citing a lack of traffic problems and a lack of children living on the street – especially since the hump they wanted removed sat adjacent to a playground. Some other residents on the street objected to the potential removal of the hump, given its installation just a few years earlier came about because of a petition in support of its installation.

Statcare to go mobile

Statcare walk-in clinic in Pointe Claire became the first West Island clinic to allow users to check in and leave the clinic after being triaged, the clinic's director said. After triage, the patient can leave the clinic. When a doctor becomes available, the patient gets a message on his or her mobile device, giving them half an hour to return to the clinic to see a physician. If the wait is longer, Statcare's director said, patients will receive an update once an hour keeping them apprised of the situation.

Organizations: Parti Quebecois, Lakeshore General Hospital, National Assembly

Geographic location: West Island, Jacques Cartier, Chambertin Street Kirkland Pointe Claire

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