The investigations into Dr. Chris Mazza’s tenure of head of the Ornge Air Ambulance service are ongoing and we will leave the outcome of that process to the investigators; but in the meantime the criticism of his employment in a Thunder Bay trauma unit is misplaced. Let us not forget that Mazza got his start as an emergency room doctor and his work back then was described as brilliant. After his ouster from Ornge, Mazza underwent a severe depression that forced his hospitalization; now it appears he has recovered well enough to work in a very challenging environment, saving lives. Unless his critics think that it is preferable for  a gifted surgeon to never work a day in his life again, and likely become dependent on the state, then there should be some grudging support for his attempt to be useful, in a part of Ontario where doctors are scarce.

John Best has had a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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