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August 14, 2008


Stephen Albinati

An interesting situation to highlight. What's more interesting is the fact that you could get quick and efficient care for a low cost.

It makes one wonder why more companies wouldn't take a more proactive approach in contracting these physicians for their workers -- one would think they would make the connection that it is an easy way to improve productivity in their workforce.

Yuill Herbert


Last fall, I happen to visit Stanfields Woolen mill in Truro, NS. Its an incredible place, immaculately maintained with vast pieces of machinery. Today there are ~300 workers who make products for Standfields and also do contract work for LL Bean and other companies. They told me more and more of this work is being shifted overseas.

As a long time member of MEC, I immediately dreamed up alternative uses of the facility. What if it was turned into a workers coop and produced marino wool sweaters for MEc and Patagonia (it has the capacity to take raw wool and spit out sweaters or socks or underwear...) or even if MEC helped it develop new markets for organic cotton products.

Wool in particular is basically a waste product in NS right now- I;ve heard stories of people dumping truckloads in the woods. Yet there is a perfect facility, under-utilised in Truro.

Truro in particular and NS in general is part of a depressed economy, but there are still remnants of a more sustainable form of production and perhaps MEC could be part of building a sustainable economy by initiating dialogue with Standfields.

I emailed some folks at MEC about this idea but never received a response but I think the idea is still solid... What say you?

Best, Yuill


The average income of an Indian is USD$500. That one doctor trip cost you $18, or 3.6% of $500. Have you ever paid 3.6% of your gross salary for one doctor's appointment in Canada?


Thanks for the comment. Health care is largely out of the reach of many rural Indians because of both poverty and availability of Doctors.

I'm about to spend 1% of my gross earnings on a root canal and 3 fillings for my daughter. But then I have way more disposable income than the impoverished Indian farmer.


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