Letter from the Editor Issue 37

Winter 2000 CSANews Issue 37  |  Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.Back to list

Well, our millennium year is coming to a close. Y2K is simply a footnote in our history and the Internet has taken over our world, as we know it. What a year! And, on the way out the door, we have the Bloc Quebecois being crushed in our Canadian elections and the U.S. courts electing their new president, rather than the people. Our lives, surely, are interesting and the future looks bright, indeed.

New medical advances are being announced every day, and we are going to have a look at two new treatments in this issue --- Percutaneous Vertebroplasty, which can be a miracle cure for back pain, and Radiation Seeding, which is providing dramatic results in the treatment of prostate cancer. We picked these two, as everyone seems to have a bad back and, at age 90, almost 100% of the male population has prostate cancer. Our new age calls for aggressive research, on your part, for any illness you may have. We cannot realistically expect our doctors to keep up with the tidal wave of new procedures, new treatments, and new wonder drugs. But you can. All you need is a telephone to make those 100 calls, or a computer to access the Internet. Information is literally everywhere.

The "New" for CSA is our new Executive Director, Heather Nicolson-Morrison. She introduces herself later in this issue and I'm sure you will be hearing a lot from this smart young lady, in the future. Her initial mandate is to spearhead the implementation of our Traveller's Bill of Rights, and she is already making headway on this complex, and daunting, project. Some of her new initiatives have also begun to impact positively on our member services area. Welcome to our family, Heather.

As in every year, our millennium year will come to a close with a holiday celebration and a final party to celebrate our new beginning---of a new year of hope and peace, of family and friends, and a sense of anticipation for the joys a new year will always bring. I am honoured to be a small part of your lives through these pages and, as a wise person once said, long ago, " May Your Joys Increase."

My Best Wishes to You and Your Family.

J. Ross Quigley