Yesterday, we broke the news that University of Victoria drug policy researcher Alan Cassels's speech to health bureaucrats had been postponed by deputy minister Gordon Macatee. The reason: "Given Mr. Cassell's very specific viewpoint, the ministry would like to ensure someone representing the other viewpoint is booked (to speak) - if not at the same time, a couple weeks later," according to health communications executive director Marisa Adair. Monday Magazine's Andrew Macleod is also following the story. In his piece, Mr. Cassels is paraphased as saying he's "given similar talks for ministry staff in the past, before the publication of his book" Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning us all into Patients. Added Mr. Cassels, "I didn't think I was that much of a threat. I'm just a little guy, a peon. Why would they be threatened by me?"
September 14, 2006