Stories about hospital bed shortages and long emergency room waiting times abound, but what is going on inside the system? How do hospitals cope with funding shortages? How are GPs and specialists paid, and for what? Do doctors cover for incompetent colleagues? Why is the debate about private health care so polarized--and uninformed? These and other questions Canadians have about health care will be answered in the medical equivalent of The Naked Investor. Filled with real-life stories, Prognosis will enlighten and enrage those concerned about the state of our system.
It's almost summer in small town Port Ainslie. Or is it? Temperatures are so far below normal that Police Chief Maxine Benson and her team are wearing sweaters. But is it cold enough to freeze the body of the man found in a ditch on the outskirts of town one morning? Maxine starts to investigate, but she is elbowed aside by the mostly-male provincial police force so she takes charge on her own. Soon she's visiting the victim's cold-hearted widow, tracking the widow's mysterious brother, and confronting the killer alone in a tract of forest. Will Maxine's skills solve this twisting tale of a case?
Small-town police chief Maxine "Max" Benson is just settling into her new life when her ex appears on the scene. Apparently, he and his new young lover just happen to be visiting her area on holiday. Max left her marriage and the Toronto police to become chief in Port Ainslie, where she runs a three-person department with few problems and enjoys a different pace of life. That's all about to change when Max's ex-husband is accused of killing his young lover right in Max's own backyard. It seems that only Max's superior detection abilities can save him from an almost certain conviction.
This is the third book in the Maxine Benson mystery series.
Escaping the pressures of big-city policing, Maxine Benson is happy to be appointed police chief in the resort town of Port Ainslie. Max's biggest challenge is to overcome skepticism at her ability to deal with major crimes-like the murder of Billy Ray Edwards.
Few people mourn Billy Ray's passing. He was a bully and was also intent on derailing the biggest development project in the town's history. But murder's murder, and Max is ready to solve it on her own and prove her worth to the townspeople. And maybe even to herself.
Frank O’Dea is no stranger to overcoming crisis. He was a victim of abuse as a teenager and at twenty-four, a homeless alcoholic. But he was able to turn his life around and become a successful businessman while creating a family. Now he’s sharing the lessons he’s learned, offering guidelines that anyone can follow to help him or her through crises.
For entrepreneur Frank O'Dea, it was a long road from street life to the high life. Born in Montreal to an upper-middle class family, Frank's life took a downturn as a young man when he was sexually assaulted by a priest. He began drinking at an early age and was soon destitute, living in degradation on the streets of Toronto. By way of a sympathetic employer, the Salvation Army, and Alcoholics Anonymous, O'Dea quit drinking and started a small business that developed into the Second Cup coffee chain. Over the years, his philanthropic activities extended to AIDS fundraising, child literacy in the Third World, and landmine removal. His message is simple: HOPE, VISION, ACTION.
Every RRSP owner watched in horror as the value of assets dropped steeply during the last months of 2008. Some lost more than 50 percent of their portfolio's value; many of these investors were approaching the point in their lives when they planned to use their RRSP assets as retirement income. These unfortunate events have made one thing very clear: It is not enough to build up investments--we must learn how to better guard them. John Lawrence Reynolds, author of the bestselling Naked Investor, uses real-life examples and his characteristic wry humour to explain how any investor can take advantage of opportunities now to rebuild a stronger portfolio. The Skeptical Investor offers insight about what happened in the markets, how to spot problems on the road ahead, and most importantly, how to build a strong portfolio and safeguard that fortress through trying times.