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Changing of the Guard — Dr. Bas Masri will deliver President Elect Address on June 19
COA
COA members are invited to attend the transfer of office ceremony on Thursday, June 19 at 10:45 am during the upcoming Annual Meeting in Montréal. Dr. Bas Masri, President Elect, will deliver his address before being sworn in officially as the Association's 69th president.

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Changement de garde — Le Dr Bas Masri prononcera le discours du président élu le 19 juin
L'ACO
On invite les membres de l'ACO à assister à la cérémonie de transfert des charges, le jeudi 19 juin, à 10 h 45, pendant la Réunion annuelle de Montréal. Le Dr Bas Masri, président élu, y prononcera un discours, avant son assermentation à titre de 69e président de l'ACO.
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Behind the Annual Meeting Program — join us in thanking the Program Committee
COA
Congratulations are extended to the AOA and COA combined Program Committee for putting together such a dynamic educational and social Annual Meeting program. Co-chaired by Drs. Stefan Parent (University of Montréal) and Étienne Belzile (Laval University), the committee has prepared a diverse program offering 14 Instructional Course Lectures, seven critical issues symposia as well as 180 free papers and 150 scientific posters. Thanks are also extended to Dr. Monika Volesky (McGill University) for her coordination of the social components of this year's event. Visit www.aoacoa2014.org for complete information about the 2014 meeting being held in Montréal from June 18-21.
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Merci au Comité responsable du programme pour le magnifique programme de la Réunion annuelle!
L'ACO
Toutes nos félicitations au Comité responsable du programme conjoint de l'American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) et de l'ACO pour avoir élaboré un programme scientifique et social aussi dynamique à l'occasion de la Réunion annuelle. Présidé par les Drs Stefan Parent (Université de Montréal) et Étienne Belzile (Université Laval), le Comité propose un programme varié composé de 14 conférences d'enseignement, 7 symposiums sur des questions critiques de même que 180 exposés et 150 affiches scientifiques. Nous profitons de la présente pour remercier la Dre Monika Volesky (Université McGill), qui a assuré la coordination du volet social de la manifestation. Rendez-vous à www.aoacoa2014.org pour tout savoir sur la Réunion annuelle conjointe, qui aura lieu à Montréal, du 18 au 21 juin 2014.
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Important dates for COA Members
COA
May 1 - Application deadline for the 2015 ABC Fellowship tour. Complete details and guidelines can be found here.

May 9 - Early bird rate deadline for 2014 Annual Meeting registration. Take advantage of reduced rates before this date!

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Dates importantes pour les membres de l'ACO
L'ACO
Le 1er mai – Date limite de soumission des demandes pour la Bourse de voyage américano-britanno-canadienne (ABC) 2015. Vous trouverez tous les détails et les lignes directrices pour la soumission de votre demande ici.

Le 9 mai – Date limite pour l'inscription hâtive à la Réunion annuelle 2014. Profitez de droits réduits en vous inscrivant avant cette date!

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New Nanaimo hospital surgical suites aim to cut patient wait times
Nanaimo News Bulletin
Two new operating theatres at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital mean more surgical staff can start working regular day shifts and patients will have shorter wait times for elective surgeries. The additions to NRGH's surgical wing were announced at a Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation fundraising campaign kickoff when the foundation pledged to raise $1.5 million of the $3 million bill to finish the rooms and install surgical equipment.
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Montréal : les urgences pleines à craquer
24h Montréal
Les urgences des hôpitaux montréalais ont été débordées cette fin de semaine. Le taux d'occupation moyen dans les 16 établissements de soins généraux et spécialisés atteignait 125 pour cent. Au centre hospitalier de St. Mary, ce taux a même dépassé le double de la capacité maximale de l'hôpital.
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Little progress made in cutting down surgical wait times
Montreal Gazette
Nearly one in three Montrealers in need of elective surgery — from hip replacements to a triple bypass — continues to wait at least half a year for their operation, despite attempts by the provincial government to cut wait times, newly-released government figures show. In fact, there are slightly more Montrealers waiting a minimum of a half year for surgery as their were in 2008, when the government first started tackling the problem.
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Nearly 40 per cent of hospital infection-control experts believe their hospitals aren't clean enough to prevent spread of the toxic gut infection C. difficile and other potentially lethal organisms, a national survey has found. Almost one-quarter million Canadians will be sickened this year with an infection they pick up in hospital, and death rates from drug-resistant microbes are rising.

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Pensions, health care will push Canadian governments $2.2 trillion further into debt
National Post
Covering the cost of health care and providing a pension for every Canadian will push the country $2.2 trillion further into debt, a new report by the Fraser Institute suggests. The analysis in the report released Tuesday calculates the liability for the current cohort of Canadians — that means the promised program spending for people living today less expected tax revenues.

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Children's hospital hopes to ease wait-time worries with app
CBC News
Montreal Children's Hospital is trying out a new app that could help ease the frustration of wait-times for ER clients. The app, which is available online and on tablets in the ER waiting areas, will provide parents with constantly updated, real-time wait-times for their assigned priority category.

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